Research initiatives and discoveries
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT
) has released 22 new maize inbred lines for the tropics and subtropics
that include resistance to drought, pest and disease, among other traits. Developed by multi-disciplinary teams of scientists, the lines are freely available to both public and private sector breeders.
By tapping the rich genetic diversity of beans, CIAT scientists have identified and are using certain traits in bean roots and shoots that contribute to drought tolerance
. They have also developed bean lines that perform well under low soil phosphorus and high aluminum toxicity.
Two extra early maturing maize hybrids
developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA
) are now available to farmers in Nigeria. With combined resistance to Striga, drought, and low soil-nitrogen, the hybrids promise to improve food security and incomes.
Tools and technology
developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI
) provide easy access to data, maps, success stories, publications, and project findings at a glance.
Using the MultiProfiler concept, a revolutionary way of making information accessible, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT
) launched a new website. EXPLOREit @ ICRISAT
breaks information barriers by making large volumes of agricultural scientific knowledge and 40 years of research easily available to the public.
Results and impact
The International Food Policy Research Institute’s new Outcome Stories website
highlights the impact of work by IFPRI
and its partners. The website features success stories and benchmarks progress achieved in building resiliency, facilitating markets, improving production, promoting nutrition, and strengthening governance, among other areas.
Impact slideshow: The Tropical Legumes II project implemented by three CGIAR Centers across Africa and Asia is boosting yields and incomes and changing lives
. With access to improved crop varieties, including those with drought tolerance, farmers are better able to support their children in schools, pay for medical expenses and buy the food they need.
Publications and videos
In a recent issue of Nature magazine
, scientists from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS
) share their perspectives on what governments should do to enhance sustainable agriculture and mitigate droughts.
A new IFPRI report, From Subsistence to Profit
, offers policy recommendations to help potentially profitable smallholder farmers meet emerging risks and challenges.
In the video Gender in Maize Research
, researchers argue that to close gender gaps in agriculture, we need to understand the different preferences of men and women farmers and the extent to which they have access to and adopt improved technologies. A new report released by CCAFS and IFPRI suggests that farmers in Kenya could potentially thrive even as climate changes, but their chances of successful adaptation will depend on supportive and flexible policies and forward planning.
Using sophisticated modeling and data to develop future scenarios and explore a range of climate change consequences for agriculture, food security, and resource management, a related book, Southern African Agriculture and Climate Change
, offers recommendations to national governments and regional agencies.
News and events
On behalf of partners, CCAFS and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR
) are jointly coordinating the Global Landscapes Forum
to be held on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland. The forum will focus on the role sustainable landscapes can play in providing food, shelter, income and ecosystem services and environmental goods.
During the Agricultural Transformation in Asia conference
in Cambodia, participants discussed how fertilizer subsidies can crowd out public spending on agricultural research, extension, and other expenditures that promote agricultural development, spurring the development of databases to bolster public-private partnerships and more efficient market operations.