Judging the beans in the Guatemalan heights

By Alexandra Popescu |CCAFS |February 13, 2018 | Stepping up participatory practices in the Climate-Smart Village of Olopa. The narrow path to the fields doesn’t cut us any slack. It goes up and up, treacherous at times as last night’s rain bit into the ground. We pass the coffee bushes bursting with red; sitting on low chairs, a few men …

Women are the foundation for change in rural Ethiopia

By Mulunesh Tsegaye | January 9, 2018 | CIMMYT Feature The idea that “Educating women/girls is nothing but a loss,” used to be a common sentiment amongst members of rural Ethiopian communities where the Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project works. Now one is more likely to hear “Women are the foundation for change.” The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)-led NuME project is …

Indigenous communities, biodiversity in focus at Global Landscapes Forum

By Gabrielle Lipton | 20 December 2017 BONN, Germany (Landscapes News) — “We must act now,” said Robert Nasi, director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), kicking off the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) conference in Bonn, Germany on Tuesday, with a call to action. GLF Bonn 2017 is not only the seventh installation of the world’s largest multi-sectoral …

Supporting creation of institutional platform of 45 million women for social and economic empowerment in rural India: The National Rural Livelihoods Mission

SUBMITTED BY PARMESH SHAH ON FRI, 06/16/2017 CO-AUTHORS: VIVEK PRASAD , MRINALINI PENUMAKA In the early morning at Dadar station in metropolitan Mumbai, a common sight is unloading of tons of jasmine and marigold flowers packed in jute sacks. Flowers come from Jawhar block located in the district of Palghar in Maharashtra. At the village the flowers are procured from …

Sharing results of a project to increase farmers’ production in Senegal

Workshops reveal successes, inform agricultural policies APRIL 17, 2017 BY ANNA VANDERKOOY, KATE AMBLER, SUSAN GODLONTON AND ALAN DE BRAUW Since 2014, IFPRI’s Markets, Trade and Institutions Division has partnered with FONGS, a federation of farmers’ associations in Senegal, and GRET, an international NGO, to test a pilot program that provides smallholder farmers with cash transfers and assistance in preparing …