Large-scale adoption of zero tillage wheat production could play a major role in making the eastern Indian state of Bihar self-sufficient in wheat, according to a new study published by CIMMYT agricultural scientists.
Recognizing the importance of managing for results and learning from experience, the MAIZE and WHEAT CGIAR Research Programs have been taking steps to strengthen results-based management within the CRPs. In the last several months, both CRPs held multiple participatory workshops to develop theories of change for their diverse research areas.
Zaki Afshar grew up in the small city of Puli Khumri in Northern Afghanistan, visiting his father’s seven-hectare (ha) farm every weekend. Growing up in a farming community where the staple crops are wheat and rice, Afshar saw the impact agriculture could have on a community.
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Recurrent food crises, climate change, natural resources depletion and food prices threaten the livelihoods of millions.
Accounting for a fifth of humanity's food, wheat is second only to rice as a source of calories in the diets of developing country consumers, and it is first as a source of protein.
Wheat is an especially critical "staff of life" for the approximately 1.2 billion "wheat dependent" to 2.5 billion "wheat consuming" poor.
At the same time, climate-change-induced temperature increases are likely to reduce wheat production in developing countries by 20-30 percent.
Demand for wheat in the developing world is projected to increase 60 percent by 2050.