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Sustainable intensification

Using context-specific, integrated approaches, CIMMYT studies and works with farmers to test and promote diverse agricultural practices. Minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotation techniques not only boost yields and protect soil quality and water availability — they also help farmers build resilience against climate shocks and stresses.

CIMMYT tests and adapts tools such as crop and system modeling, geographic information systems, remote sensing, scale-appropriate mechanization, and socioeconomic modeling. Through the lens of sustainable intensification, technical innovations are assessed not only for their potential to increase the productivity of a single commodity. We also take into account their impact on overall farm productivity, profitability, stability, production and market risks, resilience, as well as the interests and capacity of individual farmers to adopt those innovations.

Smallholder farming systems are diverse and complex. To promote the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, CIMMYT collaborates with national agricultural research and extension organizations, as well as other partners across the value chain, from farmers to companies.

CIMMYT’s sustainable intensification research aims to:

  • Increase the production of food, feed, fuel and/or fiber per unit of land, labor, and/or capital used.
  • Promote the preservation of important ecosystem services, including those governed by healthy soils.
  • Improve resilience to shocks and stresses, notably those induced by climate change.

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Team members

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Frédéric Baudron

Systems Agronomist

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Peter Craufurd

Senior Scientist and Country Representative for Nepal

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Samuel Gameda

Soil Scientist

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M.L. Jat

Principal Scientist

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Timothy J. Krupnik

Senior Scientist - Systems Agronomy and Country Representative for Research and Partnerships

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Santiago Lopez-Ridaura

Senior Scientist

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Isaiah Nyagumbo

Cropping Systems Agronomist

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Tek Sapkota

Agricultural Systems and Climate Change Scientist

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Christian Thierfelder

Principal Cropping Systems Agronomist

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Wei Xiong

Senior Scientist - Crop Modeler

News

The new AgriLAC Resiliente Initiative will increase resilience, ecosystem services and the competitiveness of agrifood innovation systems in the region.

Features

Farming system harnesses the power of biology to rebuild soil organic matter, diversify crop systems, and improve water retention and nutrient uptake.

News

The Ukama Ustawi Initiative will help millions of vulnerable smallholders in 12 countries transition from maize-mixed systems to sustainably intensified, diversified, and de-risked agrifood systems.

Press releases

Mexican authorities and international researchers pay tribute to World Food Prize Laureate and former wheat scientist Sanjaya Rajaram at the CIMMYT experimental station in Toluca named after him.