Posts Tagged ‘rural development’

Are maize agro-food systems aligned with the United Nations’ SDGs?

by Natasha Nagarajan

New report discusses maize’s relationships to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Mountains overlook a maize field in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. (Photo: Natasha Nagarajan)

Maize is one of the most important cereals on Earth, especially in Africa and Latin America. Not only is it a significant source of food for humans, but it is also valuable as animal feed and is even used in biofuel. In a recently  published paper in the journal Global Food Security, scientists from the University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) discuss the importance of maize in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs lay out requirements for improving the livelihoods of all beings on Earth, creating a more sustainable future, and addressing issues such as climate change, social inequality, poverty and peace. Maize is highlighted in this paper as a prime example of a resource that aligns with and supports the SDG narrative in many different ways. 

New publications: Understanding changes in farming systems to propose adapted solutions

Researchers identify national policies, climate and soil fertility changes, population increase, and urban expansion as the major drivers of farming systems change in the Hawassa area of Ethiopia.

By Frédéric Baudron and Natasha Nagarajan

Farming systems are moving targets. Agricultural Research and Development (R&D) must understand where they come from and where they are going to offer solutions that are adapted. This is one of the main objectives of the Trajectories and Trade-offs for Intensification of Cereal-based systems (ATTIC), project funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) and implemented by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Farming System Ecology group at Wageningen University & Research.