Develops a sustainable intensification strategy of maize, wheat and similar grains by building hubs with research platforms, demonstration modules and extension areas where sustainable farming practices and technologies are tested, improved and adapted. In 2015, MasAgro Productor’s main achievements were:
• The average maize and wheat yields obtained by farmers participating in MasAgro were 20.5 percent and 2.8 percent higher, respectively, than the average yields achieved in the regions of Mexico where they live.
• The average net income of maize and wheat farmers participating in MasAgro was 23 percent and 4 percent higher, respectively, than the average net incomes of their region in Mexico.
• MasAgro set up 12 hubs with 43 research platforms and 452 demonstration modules that developed, tested, adapted and disseminated sustainable farming practices and technologies.
Conservation Agriculture demonstration module in Metepec, Estado de México
• 46 technicians were certified in Sustainable Agriculture and another 55 begun their training in 2015. CIMMYT has so far certified 294 MasAgro technicians.
Technicians aspiring to CIMMYT’s Sustainable Farming certification inspect precision farming machinery in Oaxaca, southwest Mexico.
• 4,009 extension areas were registered in MasAgro’s electronic field books (BEM)
• MasAgro experts developed 17 new machinery prototypes and produced 26 precision farming tools and machines for sustainable farming of maize, wheat and similar grains.
Animal traction sower and fertilizer
• MasAgro promoted five grain storage technologies in 25 postharvest field trials that were set up in collaboration with participant farmers.
Postharvest course in Calpan, Puebla.