Innovation and technology
Working with smallholders to understand their needs and build on their knowledge, CIMMYT brings the right seeds and inputs to local markets, raises awareness of more productive cropping practices, and works to bring local mechanization and irrigation services based on conservation agriculture practices. CIMMYT helps scale up farmers’ own innovations, and embraces remote sensing, mobile phones and other information technology. These interventions are gender-inclusive, to ensure equitable impacts for all.
Researchers discuss how phenotyping can assist breeding and make the case for investing in new methodologies.
Web app helps extension agents and farmers monitor the spread of fall armyworm.
Women in Malawi are inspiring the next generation of smallholder farmers to adopt climate-smart technologies.
Modern phenotyping tools are crucial for crop improvement and breeders can profit much more from them.
Study shows service provider models in Africa, Latin America and South Asia increase smallholder access to agricultural machinery, but can remain dependent on projects to tackle major bottlenecks for scaling.
For the first time widespread monitoring examines how farmers are coping with climate stresses.
Source: Real Wire (11 Feb 2020)
Mexican farmers in Yaqui Valley use smartphone app with satellite data to make decisions about irrigation and crop management.
Mechanization is about finding solutions for farmers in rural communities.
New maize varieties to bolster seed sector and enhance farm productivity.
Piloting the system in will begin in 2020, with more advanced functions to follow in the next three years.
The initiative increases agricultural productivity and enhances food security in Ethiopia.
Farmers are increasingly adopting conservation agriculture practices. This sustainable farming method is based on three principles: crop diversification, minimal soil movement and permanent soil cover.
CIMMYT scientists join fellow experts in San Diego for world’s largest plant and animal genomics conference
Researchers share their work translating the latest molecular research into breeding solutions for better maize and wheat varieties.
Source: Vice (21 Jan 2020)
Seed banks, like the one at CIMMYT’s headquarters in Mexico, are part of planning for the future of food.