Maize stover: an underutilized resource for rainfed India

rastrojo-de-maizIntroducing maize stover into India’s commercial dairy systems could mitigate fodder shortages and halt increasing fodder costs, according to new research by CIMMYT and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The two organizations collaborated on the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia project (CSISA), which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), as well as the CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE. Their study shows that while significant variations exist among maize cultivars in terms of their stover quantity and fodder quality, stover from some high yielding popular hybrids is at par or even better value with the best sorghum stover traded. Sorghum stover, the above-ground biomass left after grain harvest, supports much of the urban and near-urban dairy production in peninsular India.

Competitive Grants Initiative – Call for proposals

competitive-partners-grants-call-proposalsMAIZE is announcing its second call for proposals as part of the ‘Competitive Grants Initiative’ (CGI). The Research Program is now looking for partners to fill specific research gaps in the MAIZE Strategic Initiatives/Themes –which have been identified in the current project portfolio by MAIZE Theme Leads. Please see the Request for Proposal List (RFP) of research gaps. Potential grantees need to send in their Concept Note by August 31st. Thank you for using the Concept Note/ Partner application form to submit your research proposal for a MAIZE Competitive Grant.

Please note: Successful proposals will be approved on a rolling basis, as funding (through the CGIAR Fund’s Windows 1 and 2) comes in. Funding is assured for the 1st year only (if it is a 2-year proposal), subsequent funding depends on performance. Please consult the background documents on this webpage for further information. The announcement of successful proposals will take place on September 30, 2013. If you have any questions, please get in touch with MAIZE Program Administrator Sally W. Mallari (s.mallari@cgiar.org)

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15/07/2013 – Conference: ‘Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

MAIZE photoDate: 15-20 July, 2013
Venue: Accra International Conference Centre
Location: Accra, Ghana

Every three years, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) convenes a continental gathering of its stakeholders. The purpose of the event is to create an open space for networking and exchanging knowledge. At the end of the week, FARA’s General Assembly will also meet to ratify major decisions on the future of FARA.

The event is a high-level forum for key decision makers within and outside Africa: ministers, agribusiness leaders, agricultural scientists and key figures in civil society and farmers’ organizations.

The theme of the event is Africa feeding Africa through agricultural science and innovation. It will include sessions on education and human resource development, innovations to improve productivity and resilience, moving from competition to collaboration, and innovative financing and investment in agriculture.