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s2The CIMMYT Conservation Agriculture Course  taking place from 26 May to 27 June 2014 is a unique training opportunity for young scientists working in the areas of agronomy and sustainable management of natural resources.It links an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable crop management with vast experience from developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.Emphasis is given to CA-based technologies for both irrigated and rainfed conditions: reduced tillage, using alternative crop residue management strategies and crop rotation.

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Remote sensing prepares for liftoff

14-15 December 2013, Mexico City

Sky Walker” advances phenotyping in Southern Africa Photo credit: J.L. Araus, University of Barcelona/CIMMYT.

CIMMYT held a first workshop entitled ‘Remote Sensing: Beyond Images’ on 14-15 December 2013, joining a community of remote sensing experts, breeders, agronomists and policy makers to discuss turning their research and experience into useful tools to benefit farmers and increase food production while safeguarding the environment.

Advances in phenotyping platforms bring the lab to the field

Scientists have made revolutionary advances in their ability to identify genes associated with traits such as drought tolerance or yield in the laboratory, but are still held back by the challenge of observing how these genes express themselves in a complex real-world environment, a practice known as phenotyping.

A smart solution: Agricultural innovation and gender-aware approaches

smart_combinationIf rural women in developing countries had the same access to land, technology, credit, education and markets as men, their yields could increase by 20 to 30 percent. Estimates show this alone would raise agricultural production in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent,1 which could lift 100 to 150 million people out of hunger. Research also shows that the reduction of gender disparities and the empowerment of women leads to better food and nutrition security for households and significantly strengthens other development outcomes such as child education.2,3 Yet, more than 1.1 billion women worldwide do not have equal access to land, inputs and extension.