Posts Tagged ‘Conservation Agriculture’

Asia: Spreading conservation agriculture, developing researchers

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Asia, Conservation Agriculture, Training

By M.L. Jat, Tripti Agarwal and Promil Kapoor /CIMMYT

Asia can benefit from site-specific conservation agriculture solutions to face challenges such as diverse ecologies, soils, production systems and an expected 30- to 50-percent hike in food demand by 2020. To train young scientists on conservation agriculture-based crop management technologies and encourage wider adoption of these practices in Asia, CIMMYT and the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) held the fourth “Advanced Course on Conservation Agriculture: Asia” from 17 to 31 October at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the BISA location in Ludhiana.

Photo: Ram Dhan Jat/CIMMYT-Karnal

Photo: Ram Dhan Jat/CIMMYT-Karnal

The course was organized in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and PAU, with support from the CGIAR research programs on WHEAT, MAIZE and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Fifteen researchers from the national agricultural research systems and international agricultural research centers in Afghanistan, India and Iran attended.

Conservation agriculture machines brought to Afghanistan

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Asia, Conservation Agriculture

By Rajiv Sharma/CIMMYT

CIMMYT is taking the next step in bringing Afghanistan a much-needed intervention to improve wheat research and production, an official for the country said at a meeting last month. With support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), CIMMYT-Afghanistan held the “Conservation Agriculture: Concept and Application” training event in Kabul from 28 to 29 October.

Photo: Rajiv Sharma/CIMMYT

Photo: Rajiv Sharma/CIMMYT

Conservation agriculture demonstration plot opens in Ethiopia

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Africa, Conservation Agriculture

By Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT

Next time you are on the International Livestock Research Institute’s Addis Ababa campus, which hosts CIMMYT-Ethiopia, you can see the demonstration plot set up by the local Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) team.

The GCAP-Ethiopia team stands in the demonstration plot. From left to right: Yodit Kebede, Ph.D. candidate; Michael Misiko, innovation scientist; Tesfaye Shiferaw, Ph.D. candidate; Dereje Tirfessa, research assistant; Frédéric Baudron, system agronomist; Hae Koo Kim, crop physiologist; and Elias Berta, project manager. Photo: Antenane Abeiy Ejigayehu

The GCAP-Ethiopia team stands in the demonstration plot. From left to right: Yodit Kebede, Ph.D. candidate; Michael Misiko, innovation scientist; Tesfaye Shiferaw, Ph.D. candidate; Dereje Tirfessa, research assistant; Frédéric Baudron, system agronomist; Hae Koo Kim, crop physiologist;
and Elias Berta, project manager.
Photo: Antenane Abeiy Ejigayehu

The plot has four treatments for wheat and maize: conventional tillage and flat planting, conventional tillage and bed planting, conservation agriculture and flat planting and conservation agriculture and bed planting. A two-wheel tractor was used for tillage, bed shaping and planting. The plot will serve as a demonstration and training site for CIMMYT partners and visitors. The plot is the first demonstration site at the office since it was opened in 1987.

Female-friendly seeder to boost conservation agriculture in Africa

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Africa, Technology

By Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT

Photo: Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT

Photo: Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT

A lightweight seeder designed for conservation agriculture could help households headed by women in eastern and southern Africa to adopt the technology. CIMMYT’s Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (FACASI) project is addressing declining farm power by delivering small mechanization to farmers. Femalerun households are particularly labor-constrained. They often don’t own or are not permitted to use draft animals and are among the last to access land preparation services, which severely affects yield.

Jharkhand tribal farmers adopt maize and conservation agriculture to battle drought

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Asia, Maize

JharkhandBy S.P. Poonia/CIMMYT

A CIMMYT project working in the rural districts of Jharkhand, India, is encouraging farmers to grow maize and use conservation agriculture practices to adapt to decreased rainfall and a changing climate. CIMMYT’s Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Maize-Livestock Farming Systems in Hill Areas of South Asia project is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

CIMMYT welcomes new partner in MasAgro

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Announcements, MasAgro, México, Visits to CIMMYT

 Left: Belisario Domínguez Méndez, Director General of Productivity and Technological Development for Mexico Subsecretary of Agriculture, SAGARPA; middle: Tom Short, Deputy Director General of CIMMYT Corporate Services; Javier Valdés, Director General of Syngenta México.

Left: Belisario Domínguez Méndez, Director General of Productivity and Technological Development for Mexico Subsecretary of Agriculture, SAGARPA; middle: Tom Short, Deputy Director General of CIMMYT Corporate Services; Javier Valdés, Director General of Syngenta México.

CIMMYT and leading agribusiness Syngenta México signed an agreement this month to work together in efforts aimed at sustainably increasing crop production in Mexico while protecting the environment and contributing to food security.

Syngenta will collaborate with CIMMYT to do research on conservation agriculture in four experimental platforms. The new project follows the same logic and goals of MasAgro, the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture, which CIMMYT implements in coordination with Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food (SAGARPA). MasAgro aims to build the capacities of small-scale farmers to encourage the adoption of sustainable farming practices and technologies that may help increase maize and wheat output, in line with Mexico’s recently announced “Crusade Against Hunger.”

NSIMA: Seeding hope for smallholder farmers through partnerships

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Africa, Events, food security, Maize

DSC_6274_loading maize seed for transportationTo achieve food security, smallholder farmers in Southern Africa require access to improved seed and inputs for higher yields. “Seed is one of the key movers in agricultural development,” says John MacRobert, New Seed Initiative for Maize in Southern Africa (NSIMA) leader, indicating the importance of going beyond developing improved seed varieties to encompass their dissemination, promotion, and adoption in developing strategies around seed development. These issues, together with NSIMA’s to date progress (the project is in its third phase) and strategies for the next phase, were discussed at a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, during 7-9 August 2013. About 50 participants from institutions collaborating on the project led by CIMMYT and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) were present; among them were representatives from national agricultural research institutes, seed companies, and institutions of higher learning from Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

CIMMYT/CCAFS in India: Gender, action, research

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in collaborative projects, Conservation Agriculture, Events

CIMMYT_CCAFSIn June 2013, ML Jat (Global Conservation Agriculture Program) and research teams in Bihar and Haryana, India, welcomed CIMMYT gender specialist Tina Beuchelt and gender consultant Cathy Farnworth to discuss integration of gender perspectives into their daily research routine. The visit was triggered by the request from the CRP on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to enhance women’s access to and use of agricultural and climate-related services and information (IDO5).

Tracking the adoption patterns in maize and legume farming system in Ethiopia

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Africa, CIMMYT programs, Conservation Agriculture, Maize

DSC_5826_Group-photo-900x400Myths and cultural practices can block farmers’ acceptance of a new technology, particularly the principles of reduced tillage, residue retention, and cropping rotations that underlie conservation agriculture. This was one observation in a recent visit to farmers in four districts in Ethiopia by Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) director, Mellissa Wood, and AIFSC Biosecurity and Food Safety Manager, Dennis Bittisnich.

SIMLESA scientists receive agronomy training in South Africa

Written by Corporate Communications on . Posted in Africa, Events, Training

SIMLESA-ARC traineesFifteen young scientists from SIMLESA partner and spillover countries were recently trained by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa (ARC-SA) on various aspects of agronomy and innovation learning platforms (ILePs), including conservation agriculture principles, nitrogen fixation, experimental design and field layout, agro-climatology principles, and data collection and analysis.

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