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Resource conservation technologies for maize and wheat cropping systems

May 14, 2012

In partnership with national agricultural research systems, non-government organizations, agri-business, and international centers, CIMMYT undertakes research on conservation agriculture and resource conserving technologies for wheat and maize cropping systems.

Agronomy work at CIMMYT will focus strongly on conservation agriculture principles and approaches, which improve rural incomes and livelihoods through sustainable management of agro-ecosystem productivity and diversity, while minimizing unfavorable environmental impacts.

CIMMYT will examine the potential of plant pests and diseases in such systems and look at germplasm enhancements that reduce vulnerability. Beyond a focus on higher grain production and adapted germplasm, this research will seek more efficient and sustainable use of water and other inputs, lower production costs, better management of biotic stresses, and enhanced cropping system diversity and resilience.