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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, 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.

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.

Training on Developing Stress-resilient Maize at CIM-MYT-Hyderabad, India

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K. Seetharam and P.H. Zaidi

A training course on developing stress-resilient maize for early-/mid-career maize breeders from national programs, agricultural universities and seed companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), was held at CIMMYT-Hyderabad, India, on 15 May 2015. The course was open to partners in the Heat Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA) project and members of the International Maize Improvement Consortium (IMIC-Asia). It covered key aspects of precision phenotyping, including enhancing precision of field trials, managing adequate levels of stress to express available genotypic variability, using advanced tools to capture data efficiently and precision in recording various traits in phenotyping trials.

The Gola: Storing Maize to Improve Livelihoods in Chuadanga, Bangladesh

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Elahi Baksh and M. Shahidul Haque Khan

Farmers in Chuadanga District of Bangladesh have been using a unique local method to store their maize: the gola.

Golas are large rectangular or cylindrical containers used to store seed and animal feed. In Bangladesh, golas are traditionally used to store paddy rice. They are made locally using bamboo for the sides and tin for the roof, can last up to 80 years and hold from 2 to 20 tons of grain.

CIMMYT-Bangladesh Showcase Technology at National Fair

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_MG_6990Bangladesh’s Minister of Agriculture Motia Chowdhury (3rd from left) visited the CGIAR Pavilion while inaugurating the National Agricultural Technology Fair held in Dhaka on 5-7 April 2015. In the photo, Zia Uddin Ahmed, CIMMYT GIS and Remote Sensing Scientist, briefs her on the use of the Octocopter in agricultural research and development and other CIMMYT activities in Bangladesh. In her inaugural speech, the Minister mentioned CIMMYT’s role in maize production expansion and mechanization. “Since our land is fragmented, we need to focus on small but power-operated machines,” she said. She also asked organizations working in Bangladesh, such as CIMMYT, to think about how to use solar energy to operate agri-machines.

The Fair was organized by the Agricultural Information Service (AIS) of the Ministry of Agriculture. Five CG centers (CIMMYT, CIP, IFPRI, IRRI and WorldFish) and HarvestPlus participated in the CGIAR pavilion and received the award for the best pavilion at the Fair.

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