Archive for July, 2011

CIMMYT maize varieties feature in Thurow blog

July 25, 2011

In a “Global Food for Thought” article focusing on the recent drought in Kenya, prominent journalist and policy advisor Roger Thurow tells of how CIMMYT-bred maize crops have thrived where their neigh …


Improving food security in Nepal

July 25, 2011

Food security cannot be achieved until food grains or seeds reach consumers or farmers. This issue was addressed during a training course on post-harvest management of wheat seeds, which was held at t …


Practicing conservation agriculture in South Asia

July 25, 2011

The diversity and progress of conservation agriculture (CA) was emphasized during a regional training course at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India during 28 June–11 July 2011. Organ …


Writing for impact in Kenya

July 22, 2011

On 10-16 July in Nakuru, Kenya, students gathered for “Writing Week”, a workshop focused on improving the composition of participants’ scientific papers for publication. Presentations were given by CI …


MasAgro now core to sustainable agricultural development policy in Puebla, Mexico

July 18, 2011

Increasing the production of maize and wheat, counteracting the threat of food crises, and addressing the challenges of climate change for agriculture in Mexico: these are the objectives of MasAgro (t …


Linking breeding, plant genetic resources, and biotechnology in Kazakhstan

July 18, 2011

During 6-14 June 2011, a group of 24 national specialists from different institutions and regions traversed 1,400 kilometers of southeast, south, and southwest Kazakhstan in a travelling seminar organ …


ATMA project 2nd Phase launched

July 17, 2011

By P.H. Zaidi The project launch for Phase Two of Abiotic Stress Tolerant Maize for Asia (ATMA) was held at the Institute of Plant Breeding, University of Hohenheim (UH) in Stuttgart, Germany during 3 …


Improved maize varieties for Oaxaca

July 11, 2011

Following on from the story “Improved seed reaches the Pacific” in issue 1750 of the Informa, we would like to recognize the hard work of all those involved in the project “Modernization of maize prod …


SIMLESA strengthens project monitoring and evaluation capacity

July 11, 2011

SIMLESA strengthens project monitoring and evaluation capacity. A Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya, during 13-17 June 2011 as part of the Sustainable Intensifica …


Tackling complexity in winter wheat

July 11, 2011

Winter wheat constitutes a staple food in the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region, where it is grown on around 18 million hectares in wide-ranging cropping systems. It can be found i …


CIMMYT to lead global MAIZE alliance as CGIAR enters fifth decade

July 11, 2011

A new era began this week with the launch of the CGIAR Research Program MAIZE, a US$170 million global alliance to expand and accelerate research into maize, on 06 July 2011. The announcement was made …


Checking in with friends: update on Wayne Haag

July 3, 2011

After a successful 37-year career and living on 4 continents, most people welcome retirement with open arms. Wayne Haag is not most people. Mission-oriented since childhood, the only question is, wher …


Cell phones talk agriculture in Hidalgo, México

July 3, 2011

India has recently experienced a boom in cell phone use in the agricultural sector—disseminating information on anything from technology to agronomic practices, weather, or even market prices. Investi …


New maize varieties keeping Kenyan inmates fed

July 3, 2011

The Government of Kenya Prison in Machakos, Kenya, is not your average prison. Here, the inmates have their food security in their hands—quite literally. This is because they work the prison farm, whi …


Spreading the word on CA from Mexico

July 3, 2011

“It is very difficult to find conservation agriculture machinery. You have to go to China or India to get it,” said Mahesh Kumar Gathala, new CIMMYTBangladesh-based cropping systems agronomist for Sou …