Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Gender Analysis of Small-Scale Farm Mechanization in Ethiopia and Kenya

Smallholder farmer prepares maize plot for planting with CIMMYT improved varieties, Embu, KenyaA Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) study funded under the Competitive Grant Initiative of the MAIZE CRP, “Gender Matters in farm Power,” investigates how gender matters in small-scale farm power mechanization in African agriculture, particularly in maize-based systems in Ethiopia and Kenya. KIT collaborated with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center’s (CIMMYT) Farm Power and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (FACASI) project on the study in order to leverage FACASI’s experience with national project partners and to build on and complement the project’s work.

MLN Diagnostics and Management in Africa through Multi-Institutional Synergies

MLN brochureMaize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease has continued to wreak havoc on maize production in East Africa since it was first reported in Kenya in 2011, and since then reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda. The disease, caused by a combination of the Maize Chlorotic Mottle Virus (MCMV) and Sugarcane Mosaic Virus (SCMV), causes irreversible damage that kills maize plants before they can grow and yield grain.

KALRO and CIMMYT: A Longstanding Mutually Beneficial Partnership

Eliud Kireger, KALRO Director General, attends the International Wheat Yield Potential Workshop in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.

Eliud Kireger, KALRO Director General, attends the International Wheat
Yield Potential Workshop in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.

This week, CIMMYT had the honor of hosting Dr. Eliud Kireger, the Acting Director General of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). His visit included travel to the experiment station at Ciudad Obregón for first-hand experience regarding CIMMYT wheat research, as KALRO is one of the few partners in Africa with whom we work on both maize and wheat.

Presidential Award in Recognition of Critical Breakthrough in Maize Breeding in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Maize Breeding Programme was honored on Friday, February 13 2015, as the 2014/2015 Presidential Award winners in agricultural research during a ceremony attended by more than 1,500 people at the Research Council of Zimbabwe’s 10th International Research Symposium held in Harare.

The Zimbabwe Maize Breeding Programme receives the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Award for Outstanding Research. Photo: Courtesy of IBP.

The Zimbabwe Maize Breeding Programme receives the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Award for Outstanding Research. Photo: Courtesy of IBP.