14/01/13 – Workshop ‘Remote Sensing: Beyond Images’

Opening slide of workshop 'Remote Sensing - Beyond Images'

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.

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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