India’s National Dialogue on Efficient Nutrient Management for Improving Soil Health

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M.L. Jat

Strategic pathways for ensuring healthy soils through smart nutrient management will be set during the National Dialogue on “Efficient Nutrient Management for Improving Soil Health” to be held at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India, on 28-29 September 2015. The dialogue, organized by the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS), CIMMYT, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) and the Fertilizer Association of India (FAI), will develop a roadmap to fulfill future food demand while maintaining soil health and environmental resources.

Video: Maize Lethal Necrosis Threatens Africa’s Food Security

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Brenda Wawa

Felister Makini, KALRO Deputy Director General (Crop System)

Felister Makini, KALRO Deputy Director General (Crop System)

Maize, one of Africa’s most important food crops, is under real threat because of maize lethal necrosis (MLN). The disease has adversely affected maize fields in Kenya and its neighbors (DR Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan). There are fears that it is spreading rapidly across most maize-growing areas in the region, causing massive losses to both farmers and seed companies. Unless urgent measures are taken, it could get out of control and lead to a major food crisis in the region.

CIMMYT Farm Mechanization Project Attracts Wide Coverage by Ethiopian Media

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Seifu Mahifere

It is not often that conservation agriculture, the subject of numerous scholarly articles and dissertations, gets wide coverage from the mainstream media in Ethiopia.

It is thus remarkable that the media gave particular attention to a training event held last June at the ILRI-Ethiopia campus and organized by CIMMYT through the USAID-funded “Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation” project (Africa RISING project, www.africa-rising.net). A focus of CIMMYT’s work in Ethiopia and other countries of East and Southern Africa is to improve smallholder farming practices by exploiting the synergies between small-scale mechanization and conservation agriculture.

Conservation Agriculture: Gateway for Productive and Sustain-able Cropping Systems

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CIMMYT and the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), under the aegis of the CGIAR Research Programs on WHEAT and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), in close collaboration with Indian national agricultural research systems, are organizing Asia’s sixth annual advanced course on conservation agriculture (CA), to be held at BISA-CIMMYT, Ludhiana, India. More than 80 young male and female researchers from eight Asian countries have attended the course since it was first initiated in 2010 as a regional capacity building program.

South Asia Delegation Meets Senator Mark Warner

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William Collis

United States Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Co-Chair of the Senate’s India Caucus, informally met with a delegation of senior South Asia administrators and managers from the respective Ministries of Agriculture, National Agriculture Research and Extension Systems (NARES), as well as personnel from their respective extension services on 10 June 2015. This informal meeting in Senator Warner’s office was organized by CIMMYT.

Wheat Rust Expert Contributes to Resistance in Pakistan

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Monsif Ur Rehman, Amina Nasim Khan and Imtiaz Muhammad

Yue Jin and Pakistani wheat scientists score rust on seedlings at CDRI Murree glass house. Photo: Khilwat Afridi

Yue Jin and Pakistani wheat scientists score rust on seedlings at CDRI Murree glass house.
Photo: Khilwat Afridi

The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program (WPEP) led by CIMMYT is providing leadership in the overall collaboration aimed at strengthening Pakistan’s own wheat rust surveillance activities and facilitating maximum synergies between Pakistan and international rust surveillance efforts.

Strengthening Results-based Management in the MAIZE and WHEAT CRPs

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Michelle Guertin

Recognizing the importance of managing for results and learning from experience, the MAIZE and WHEAT CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) have been taking steps to strengthen results-based management (RBM) within the CRPs. In the last several months, both CRPs held multiple participatory workshops (see details below) to develop theories of change (ToCs) for their diverse research areas. These ToCs map out how and why a given research area will lead to specific results. ToCs are often used as a framework for testing hypotheses, where evidence is collected to validate the pathway of change.

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