What can agricultural policy learn from a more gender-equal world?


Kenyan woman fertilizing maizeKenyan women are crucial to the country’s agricultural economy, contributing 54 percent of agricultural labor-hours. Widowhood, reduced marriage rates and labor migration have led to female-headed households (FHHs) becoming significantly more common in Africa. A recent study conducted in Kenya also shows that FHHs are twice as likely as their male counterparts to suffer chronic food insecurity.

Making the right (fertilizer) decision with Nutrient Expert®

In South Asia, 90 percent of smallholder farmers using fertilizer do not achieve optimum crop yields due to a lack of access to soil testing services. In response to this information gap, the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) South Asia Program developed the Nutrient Expert® decision support tools in partnership with MAIZE CRP to provide location-specific fertilizer recommendations for farmers growing maize and wheat.

Farmer weeding maize in Bihar, India (Credit: M. DeFreese/CIMMYT)In February 2014, the tool received the award for Best Innovation at the Bihar Innovation Forum II, which recognizes innovations to improve rural livelihoods in India. Nutrient Expert® is the product of close collaboration with key partners such as national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), seed and fertilizer industries, non-governmental organizations, farmers’ and women’s self-help clubs in India.

IITA – Agricultural Economist

IITA seeks a highly qualified agricultural economist to undertake impact evaluation and to lead efforts aimed at tracking IITA’s contribution to poverty reduction and other development outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a member of the IITA Social Sciences and Agribusiness program and in collaboration with our national and international partners, the successful applicant will design and undertake impact evaluation of improved agricultural technologies and other interventions using rigorous methods in a manner that facilitates tracking of IITA’s progress toward poverty reduction goals in terms of the number of people lifted above the international poverty line.

Closing Date: 17th January 2014 or until a suitable candidate is found.

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Apply to new advanced conservation agriculture course

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.

For more information: n.verhulst@cgiar.org

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