Strengthening crop production in marginal areas through conservation agriculture

Conservation Agriculture has the potential to enhance soil fertility and reduce erosion across 260,000 hectares of fragile and degraded cereal land in Tunisia, according to a joint study by the country’s National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRAT) and ICARDA, supported by PIM within the framework of the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight project. 

Publication: The Volunteer Farmer-Trainer Extension Approach: A User Guide

Extension services are delivered in a variety of forms, with the ultimate aim of changing farmers’ attitudes towards applying knowledge and practices that increase productivity and income. However, how farmers gain access to knowledge and information on improved practices along the intended value chain is extremely important. An effective approach encourages farmers to change their >> Read more

How can we measure technology adoption at scale?

A workshop titled "Innovative methods for measuring adoption of agricultural technologies: Establishing proof of concept and thinking about scaling up" was held on August 3-4 in Boston, USA following the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economic Association (AAEA). The event was jointly organized by Michigan State University, the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) of the >> Read more

Book: Agricultural research in Africa: Investing in future harvests

Cross-posted from IFPRI In Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests, researchers and other development specialists examine the state of agricultural research and development (R&D) in the region and how such R&D can be improved. The research is an output of Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), led by the International Food Policy Research >> Read more

CIMMYT gathers partners to discuss biotic stress and crop model integration

When crops are damaged by other living organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, insects and other pests, weeds or even cultivated plants competing for space and nutrients, we talk of the biotic stress. Biotic stresses are a major constraint to agricultural productivity in low and middle income countries. They affect poor producers and consumers the >> Read more