“I can now identify with accuracy plants affected with maize lethal necrotic disease,” stated Regina Tende, PhD student attached to CIMMYT, after attending the CIMMYT-Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) “Identification and Management of Maize Lethal Necrosis” workshop in Narok, Kenya, during 30 June-3 July 2013. This was not the case a few weeks ago when Tende, who is also a senior research officer at KARI-Katumani, received leaf samples from a farmer for maize lethal necrosis (MLN) verification.
Two extra-early maturing maize hybrids with combined resistance/tolerance to Striga, drought, and low soil-nitrogen have been released in Nigeria through the funding support of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project.
Date: 14-15 December 2013
Venue: Palace Sevilla Hotel
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Poor people are the first to be hit by food shortages; it is important to make use of all possible technologies and improve policies to ensure a steady increase in food production to match the rising demand. Insights and recommendations based on remote sensing have the large potential to help improve the livelihoods of resource poor farmers. These farmers can benefit directly through specific crop management information or indirectly through better seed or informed policy decisions by governments. Farmer’s organizations, NGOs, governments, policy makers and others can make use of geo-spatial information to create more equitable, fairer and more transparent conditions for these farmers.
Introducing 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.