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With multi-sector support for climate sensitive production practices, African farmers can boost food security and resilience

December 14, 2018

Support for smallholder farmers to trial and select sustainable practices suited to their varying conditions is essential to build resilient farms needed to feed Africa’s soaring population, said econ …


What is green manure? And how is it helping maize farmers?

September 14, 2018

Farmer Eveline Musafari intercrops maize and a variety of legumes on her entire farm. She likes the ability to grow different food crops on the same space, providing her family with more food to eat a …


African youth find entrepreneurial opportunity in agricultural mechanization

August 9, 2018

After receiving training from CIMMYT, this group of young men started a small business offering mechanized agricultural services to smallholder farmers near their town in rural Zimbabwe. Photo: Matthe …


Nutritious vitamin A orange maize boosts health and livelihoods in Zimbabwe

July 25, 2018

Ashley Muzhange eats sadza with her family in rural Zimabwe. Her sadza is made with vitamin A orange maize, a variety improving the nutrition of children and families in the nation. Photo: Matthew O’L …


Training manual greases the wheels for mechanization entrepreneurs

July 13, 2018

A new training manual launched today provides practical guidance for agricultural mechanization entrepreneurs in rural areas, where family farmers commonly lack capital to invest in the farm power.


Preserving native maize and culture in Mexico

May 21, 2018

Felipa Martinez shows off some of her family’s maize from last year’s harvest. Photo: Matthew O’Leary Felipa Martinez, an indigenous Mexican grandmother, grins as she shows off a bag bulging with maiz …


Breaking Ground: Lorena Gonzalez fast-forwards action on hunger using technology

May 17, 2018

Intrigued by the unique relationship food crops have to their geographical environment, Lorena Gonzalez dedicated her passion for geomatic technology to collect site-specific farm data that is revolut …


New guides help agricultural scientists think gender in research design

March 5, 2018

A new set of resources has been released to aid agricultural researchers in integrating gender sensitivities into their research for development projects.


Breaking Ground: Leonard Rusinamhodzi on innovating farming systems for climate change

November 30, 2017

Leonard Rusinamhodzi works with African farmers to innovate farming systems in the face of climate change.


Moving zinc-enriched wheat into the mainstream

May 29, 2017

In an effort to stamp out hidden hunger, scientists are calling for support to make zinc-biofortification a core trait in the world’s largest wheat breeding program.


Scaling up research for impact

April 27, 2017

As part of a German Development Cooperation effort to aid the scaling up of agricultural innovations, Lennart Woltering recently joined CIMMYT’s Sustainable Intensification Program.


Q+A: Agricultural mechanization fuels opportunity for youth in rural Africa

April 26, 2017

Small-scale agricultural mechanization is showing signs it has the potential to fuel rural employment for youth in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers.


Breaking Ground: Hands on experience gives Carolina Camacho insight into farming best practices

April 26, 2017

Tending her own crops gives Carolina Camacho insights into the challenges farmers face that she could never have learned in a classroom.


Gender and development specialist Rahma Adam: Aiding African women to build household food security

March 8, 2017

In a special interview to mark International Women’s Day, CIMMYT gender specialist Rahma Adam detailed how her research aims to improve the agricultural productivity of women in south and eastern Afri …


CIMMYT launches new program to promote gender equity in agricultural research

March 7, 2017

In a move to bolster gender equity in agriculture, CIMMYT will launch a series of training courses promoting the integration gender awareness and analysis in research for development.


Breaking Ground: Monica Mezzalama keeps vital check on seed health and biosafety

February 22, 2017

Plant pathology expert Monica Mezzalama shares on keeping biosafety and seed health in check at CIMMYT.


Breaking Ground: Caixia Lan on identifying building blocks for rust resistant wheat

February 8, 2017

Support for research into breeding crops resistant to wheat rust is essential to manage the spread of the deadly disease, caused vast yield losses globally in recent years, says scientist Caixia Lan.


CGIAR congratulates the Convention on Biological Diversity at COP13

December 4, 2016

CGIAR committed to contribute to the actions mentioned in the Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for Well-Being together with all its partners.


Public initiatives key to harnessing genetic diversity for food security, says genetic resources expert

November 3, 2016

Public initiatives to facilitate the use of genetic resources must be promoted to demonstrate the value they add to agriculture for development and food security.


African Conservation Tillage Network CEO calls for high level support of conservation agriculture

September 28, 2016

Regional and national support for conservation agriculture is key to achieving widespread sustainable production intensification says Saidi Mkomwa, CEO African Conservation Tillage Network.