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  • EoI for Bangladesh: CSISA-MEA
    by ccarmona on October 6, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Expression of interest for agricultural machinery and spare parts manufacturing in partnership with the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Mechanization Extension Activity (CSISA-MEA) CIMMYT in collaboration with iDE, and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering in the USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Mechanization […]

  • A new tool to strengthen the fight against fall armyworm in Asia
    by smccutcheon on September 22, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Building on an intensive, science-based response to fall armyworm in Africa and Asia, CIMMYT, USAID and partners, announce the publication of “Fall Armyworm in Asia: A Guide for Integrated Pest Management.”

  • Third screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during October 2021
    by lmsuresh on September 22, 2021 at 7:27 am

    By Dr. Suresh, L.M. (September, 2021) :  The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the third interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2021 at the beginning of October 2021. Interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize […]

  • Cereals research for sustainable health and well-being
    by smccutcheon on September 17, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    A new publication makes the case for continued research in cereals for health

  • Understanding decision support
    by smccutcheon on September 15, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Researchers study the design, delivery and use of digital decision-support tools for smallholder maize farmers in northern Nigeria.

  • When it comes to maize variety choices, can farmers have it all?
    by smccutcheon on September 9, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Varietal trait prioritization is important for balancing commercial realities and farmers’ diverse interests.

  • Tracing the evolution of 50 years of maize research in CGIAR
    by smccutcheon on September 1, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    A new historical paper by two independent and highly renowned experts assesses the legacy, the changes, and the “ultimate successes” of five decades of maize research by the CGIAR

  • COVID-19 Response through Connecting Migrations to Farm Mechanization and Services Provision in Rural Nepal
    by ccarmona on August 27, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Across Nepal, COVID-19 pandemic cases were at an all-time high and predicted to double each week; quarantine facilities and hospitals were full. COVID-19 cases are no longer confined to urban areas, but rural areas and highly remote villages, including the farm households in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence in the Terai. COVID-19 adds […]

  • Early Career Maize Breeding Online Course: Sep 3-26
    by smccutcheon on August 27, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    CIMMYT and IITA are pleased to announce the 2021 Early Career Maize Breeding Online Course. The course is designed for new and upcoming maize breeders from Africa’s public and private sectors who wish to learn about maize improvement targeted especially for stress environments.

  • Impact of COVID-19 Agriculture Extension Services: Implications for Female Farmers
    by ccarmona on August 27, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    USAID-supported studies in Nepal, conducted by the Gender, Climate Change and Nutrition Integration Initiative (GCAN) and the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), find that around one-third of farmers (34% male and 29% female) reported unavailability of their regular sources of agricultural extension information since […]

  • Building Resilient and Sustainable Irrigation for Food Security in Nepal
    by ccarmona on August 26, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    In Nepal, agriculture contributes to a third of gross domestic product and employs about 80% of the rural labor force. The rural population is comprised mostly of smallholder farmers whose level of income from agricultural production is low by international standards and the country’s agricultural sector has become vulnerable to erratic monsoon […]

  • By Tracking the Weather, A New System Can Protect Brazilian Farmers from Wheat Blast
    by ccarmona on August 9, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Every year, the spores of the wheat blast fungus lie in wait on South American and Bangladeshi farms. In most years, the pathogen has only a small impact on the countries’ wheat crops. But, the disease spreads quickly, and when the conditions are right, there’s a risk of a large outbreak — which can pose a serious threat

  • ‘AAA’ Drought-Tolerant Maize Now Available in Myanmar
    by smccutcheon on June 8, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    An “Affordable, Accessible, Asian” drought-tolerant hybrid maize variety developed by CIMMYT and Syngenta—and first released in India—will become the first hybrid available to smallholders in Myanmar’s Central Dry Zones.

  • How do we sustainably manage transboundary diseases and crop pests?
    by lmsuresh on May 26, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    CGIAR webinar examined the technological, sustainability and social implications of integrated approaches.   By Madeline Dahm March 25, 2021   In our hyper-connected world, it should come as no surprise that recent years have shown a major uptick in the spread of transboundary pests and diseases. Integrated approaches have been effective in […]

  • CIMMYT releases 12 new maize lines
    by smccutcheon on May 11, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    CIMMYT maize lines CML604A to CML615A are adapted to tropical maize production environments.

  • EoI for Bangladesh: CSISA-MEA
    by ccarmona on April 27, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Expression of interest for agricultural machinery and spare parts manufacturing in partnership with the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Mechanization Extension Activity (CSISA-MEA).

  • Natalia Palacios gets the most out of maize
    by smccutcheon on April 23, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    From biofortification to cooking techniques, a CIMMYT scientist and her team test how to make this global staple as nutritious as possible.

  • Remembering Olatunji Adenola
    by smccutcheon on April 9, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Pastor Adenola served on the MAIZE Independent Steering Committee from 2013-2016 and was a committed proponent of R4D in maize agri-food systems in Nigeria.

  • Second screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during April 2021
    by lmsuresh on March 16, 2021 at 10:07 am

    By Dr. Suresh, L.M.:  The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the second interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2021 at the beginning of April 2021. Interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for screening. […]

  • New digital groundwater monitoring pilot in Nepal kicks off with a multi-stakeholder dialogue
    by ccarmona on December 10, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Taken together, digital monitoring and readily available data on the status of groundwater resources provide a critical foundation for sustainable irrigation development. While much is known about surface water resources and hydrological and meteorological linkages between the Terai, Mid-Hills and Himalaya regions of the country, Nepal currently […]

  • Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during January 2021
    by lmsuresh on December 3, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    By Dr. Suresh, L.M.: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2021 at the beginning of January 2021 and in other four intervals, interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for […]

  • CSISA in the news: Climate change adds to woes of lentil farmers in Nepal
    by ccarmona on November 26, 2020 at 4:05 am

    Once a world leading lentil producer, Nepal is now having to import them as farmers struggle with low productivity and warmer, wetter weather. This could have serious implications in a country where lentils provide an important source of protein, especially for poor families. Read the full article here.

  • Reducing Poverty in South Asia Through Accelerating Irrigation Intensification
    by ccarmona on November 24, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Groundwater irrigation plays a critical role in supporting food security, rural livelihoods and economic development in South Asia. However, in Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains (EIGP) region (including Nepal, Bangladesh and Eastern India) many farmers lack access to affordable groundwater supply. Inability to fully exploit available groundwater […]

  • Empowered rural women take on entrepreneurship- Odisha, India
    by nchodon on October 14, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    “Maize farming has supported us during this low-income and very critical period (COVID-19). I shall continue maize cultivation and hope to increase our lease in land next year”, Sashimoni Lohar. CSISA works with women farmers like Lohar in the tribal dominated districts of Odisha, India in cultivating maize in arable fallow land. A few years […]

  • Maize lethal necrosis (MLN): Efforts toward containing the spread and impact of a devastating transboundary disease in sub-Saharan Africa
    by lmsuresh on September 25, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Highlights Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) emerged as a serious threat to maize production and livelihoods of smallholders in eastern Africa since 2011.        An intensive multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional strategy is being implemented to curb the spread of MLN in sub-Saharan Africa, and mitigate the impact of the disease. Intensive […]

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