9 episodes

Cobs & Spikes is a new podcast from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) for everything maize and wheat. Listen to explainers, stories and conversations with experts innovating in the fields of agriculture, food security and nutrition.

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Cobs & Spikes is a new podcast from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) for everything maize and wheat. Listen to explainers, stories and conversations with experts innovating in the fields of agriculture, food security and nutrition.

    08: Interview with Juan Gonzalo Jaramillo Mejia on social inclusion

    08: Interview with Juan Gonzalo Jaramillo Mejia on social inclusion

    Juan Gonzalo Jaramillo Mejia, Project Manager and Researcher on Inclusion Innovation and Social Protection, discusses taking a social inclusion lens to social protection and the role of men in gender equality

    • 44 min
    07: Interview with Carolina Rivera on women in wheat science

    07: Interview with Carolina Rivera on women in wheat science

    Carolina Rivera, CIMMYT wheat physiologist, shares what it is like to be a woman in agricultural science working on one of the world's biggest problems — how to feed a growing planet.

    • 14 min
    06: Striving for higher quality, more nutritious maize

    06: Striving for higher quality, more nutritious maize

    Natalia Palacios, head of the maize quality lab at CIMMYT, shares how her research is supporting better nutritional security around the world.

    • 13 min
    05: Jumpstarting Haiti’s maize seed sector

    05: Jumpstarting Haiti’s maize seed sector

    Arturo Silva Hinojosa, Seed Systems Lead for Africa and Latin America at CIMMYT, shares how CIMMYT is helping jumpstart Haiti's maize seed sector.

    • 17 min
    04: Hello Tractor and Innovation in Agriculture

    04: Hello Tractor and Innovation in Agriculture

    For small-scale farmers, mechanization and other appropriate technologies have a big impact in agricultural production and yield. However, they might lack the resources to buy these tools. Hello Tractor is trying to improve this.

    Dubbed the “Uber for the farm”, the company’s app easily allows tractor owners to rent their machinery to farmers and includes features that can help enhance a tractor owner’s business and operations. In this episode, we’re talking to Martha Haile, Chief Operations Officer at Hello Tractor, about the company’s success and social innovation in agriculture.

    • 20 min
    03: Nitrogen science explainer

    03: Nitrogen science explainer

    This episode explores why nitrogen is essential for life, how we get it into our bodies, and what synthetic fertilizer has to do with the Green Revolution.

    • 5 min

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