World Bank/Curt Carnemark

Photo World Bank/Curt Carnemark

Will El Niño be a wake-up call to invest in food security solutions?

By Christian Thierfelder, Jill Cairns, Kindie Tesfaye, Peter Setimela  HARARE (CIMMYT) — In southern Africa close to 50 million people are projected to be affected by droughts caused by the current El Niño, a climate phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific Ocean causing extreme weather worldwide — this year, one of the strongest on record. Many of those millions are expected to be… Read more »

Anne Wangalachi (CIMMYT)

Photo Anne Wangalachi (CIMMYT)

Smallholders gaining from nitrogen-efficient maize

Nancy Shibona, a small-scale maize farmer from Kakamega County, Kenya, is a widow and her family’s bread winner. Shobona grows a nitrogen-use-efficient (NUE) type of maize. The variety was developed by the Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS) project, an alliance led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CYMMIT). She tells SciDev.Net that she is happy with… Read more »

Maize

Photo P. Kimeli

The scorecard, as a marathon maize project winds up after eight years

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project has contributed to a stronger food system in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, through more than 200 improved maize varieties to help farmers cope with climate change and low-fertility soils through collaboration. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, 14th September, 2015 – Partners and funders of the Drought Tolerant… Read more »

P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

Photo P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

CIMMYT-CCAFS Initiative Seeks to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security in East Africa by 2025

By Fite Getaneh and Kindie Tesfaye The CIMMYT-led Integrated Agricultural Production and Food Security Forecasting System for East Africa (INAPFS) project was launched at an inception workshop held on 15-16 April 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, that brought together participants from national weather services and disaster risk management offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi,… Read more »