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  • Visit of partners, farmers and key stakeholders to MLN screening facility, Naivasha, Kenya
    by lmsuresh on November 22, 2021 at 11:10 am

    a). County extension officers and lead farmers visit the regional MLN screening unit at Naivasha: Fourty county extension officers and lead farmers from Uasin Gishu county and Tana River county and 5 KALRO facilitators visited the MLN screening unit at Naivasha on 27th October 2021. They were taken round by Mr. Wilson Njenga and Mr.

  • MAIZE PARTNERS ANNOUNCE A NEW MANUAL FOR EFFECTIVELY MANAGING MAIZE LETHAL NECROSIS (MLN) DISEASE
    by lmsuresh on November 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Dr. Suresh,L.M. (November, 2021): For a decade, scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) have been at the forefront of a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional effort to contain and effectively manage maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in Africa. When the disease was first reported in Kenya 2011 it spread […]

  • EoI for Bangladesh: CSISA-MEA
    by ccarmona on November 2, 2021 at 8:04 am

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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

  • 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 […]

  • 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).

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 2020 screening cycle for deadly MLN virus in Kenya – November Planting
    by lmsuresh on September 25, 2020 at 7:55 am

      International Year of Plant Health 2020 Dr. Suresh, L.M. (CIMMYT) September 25: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the fifth interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2020 at the beginning of November 2020. Interested organizations from both the private and public […]

  • Latest STMA Bulletin is out
    on May 14, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Read the latest news from the just concluded Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) initiative. This issue highlights the impact the project has had on farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, how it has helped build resilience of Africa’s smallholder farmers and how the improved maize varieties will enable partners to reach farmers on time to plant

  • List of STMA supported publications for sub-Saharan Africa for 2019
    on May 14, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Amondo, E., Simtowe, F., Rahut, D.B., Erenstein, O., 2019. Productivity and production risk effects of adopting drought-tolerant maize varieties in Zambia. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 11, 570-591. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCCSM-03-2018-0024 Awata, L. A. O., Ifie, B. E., Tongoona, P., Danquah, E., Jumbo, M. B., […]

  • 2020 screening cycle for deadly MLN virus in Kenya – April Planting
    by lmsuresh on February 29, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Dr. Suresh, L.M. (CIMMYT) Feb 29: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the second interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2020 at the beginning of April 2020. Interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for […]

  • Seeing is believing: demo farms accelerate adoption of stress tolerant maize
    on February 19, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Joshua Masinde Over 400 farmers from Manyatta in Embu County were on February 7, 2020, invited to a demonstration farm to witness the performance of various high yielding, early to medium maturing, drought tolerant maize varieties. Such occasions aim to encourage them to adopt varieties whose traits they preferred the most. They were invited by

  • CIMMYT Scientist, Dr. L.M. Suresh presenting progress on Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) at 7th International Conference on “Phytopathology in Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals”. #IYPH2020
    by lmsuresh on January 26, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Dr. Suresh,L.M. (CIMMYT) : Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) organized 7th International Conference on “Phytopathology in Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals” at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India, during January 16-20, 2020. The IPS along with 12 most prominent plant protection […]

  • Latest STMA Bulletin is out
    on January 16, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Read the latest news from the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) initiative. This issue highlights stories on how stress tolerant maize is improving the lives of smallholder farmers in northern Uganda, after a two-decade civil war; why stress tolerant maize varieties are good for Africa and how CIMMYT and its partners are making systems

  • Street theater amplifies need for stress tolerant maize varieties
    on January 7, 2020 at 9:33 am

    The Stress Tolerant Maize in Africa (STMA) project team in Nigeria used street theater to drum up messages on how to mitigate stresses affecting maize production in the country. The messages targeted mainly the youth, informing them that with the right stress-resilient seed varieties and the application of recommended agronomic practices, they can […]

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