Archive for February, 2012

Drought tolerance, conservation agriculture, and double-cropping: A recipe for success in Mozambique

February 29, 2012

“Increasing Sustainable Agricultural Production in Mozambique through Drought Tolerant Maize and Conservation Agriculture” is a USAID-supported initiative bringing together two key components of CIMMY …


Social media workshop gets a “like” from GCP and CIMMYT

February 28, 2012

As part of the Generation Challenge Programme’s (GCP) plan to revamp their online space, they engaged the CGIAR Consortium’s social media expert, Peter Casier, to instruct an intensive workshop on soc …


Cultivating CIMMYT’s links with Africa: A meeting with the African Development Bank

February 27, 2012

On 10 February 2012, CIMMYT’s Director General, Thomas Lumpkin, visited the headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis, Tunisia, accompanied by Wilfred Mwangi, Liaison Officer for Af …


Revolutionizing farming in Malawi through conservation agriculture

February 24, 2012

CIMMYT first introduced conservation agriculture (CA) to the Mwansambo and Zidyana communities of Nkotakhota District, Malawi, in 2005. Assisted by regional NGO Total Land Care (TLC), the project init …


Understanding local needs and looking to the future: A visit to the BISA sites

February 23, 2012

During 21 January-05 February, a delegation consisting of Director General Thomas Lumpkin, Global Wheat Program Associate Director and Head of Pathology, Etienne Duveiller, Board member Andy Barr, and …


Gates says agricultural investment is key, and backs this up with a grant for CIMMYT

February 23, 2012

Earlier today, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke at IFAD’s Governing Council Meeting in Rome on “Sustainable smallholder agriculture: Feeding the world, protecting …


Does science hold the answers? an Economist conference features CIMMYT’s views

February 22, 2012

On 08 February 2012, CIMMYT’s Director General Thomas Lumpkin participated as a speaker in the Economist Conference “Feeding the World: The 9 Billion People Question” in Geneva, Switzerland. Attendees …


Remote sensing shows the importance of keeping wheat cool

February 21, 2012

A recent study co-authored by CIMMYT agronomist Iván Ortiz- Monasterio has demonstrated how temperatures greater than 34°C can significantly cut wheat yields. Using nine years of satellite data for wh …


Tackling Ug99 at the AAAS annual meeting

February 21, 2012

Innovative techniques in wheat breeding are necessary to meet the increasing population demand and overcome environmental challenges, said CIMMYT Wheat Breeder, Ravi Singh, at the annual meeting of th …


200,000 views for CIMMYT photos

February 20, 2012

Many of us were celebrating love and friendship on 14 February 2012, and CIMMYT’s online image collection was no exception. Users around the world showed us how much they love CIMMYT’s photos, with th …


Crop rotations in conservation agriculture systems equal healthy profits and soils in Zambia’s Eastern Province

February 14, 2012

During 06-10 February 2012, a team of CIMMYT scientists travelled to six communities in Zambia’s Eastern Province to monitor progress on activities implemented under the Sustainable Intensification of …


Capacity building for detecting plant pathogens using real time PCR

February 14, 2012

Mexico has a network of state and private laboratories with authorization from the Mexican Plant Health Authority (DGSC), an office of the National Service of Agri-Food Health, Safety, and Quality (SE …


List of LNT (low nitrogen tolerant) inbred donor lines

February 13, 2012

Inbred Line Pedigree CIMMYT HG Colour Endosperm DTPWC9-F67-2-2-1-B A White Normal DTPWC9-F18-1-3-1-1-B A White Normal CZL068 B White Normal LaPostaSeqC7-F103-2-2-2-1-B A White Normal CML341 AB White N …


The global food situation, explained

February 9, 2012

Thanks to Peter Kim and the folks at publichealthdegree.com, we now have some lovely new graphics that explain the global food situation quite brilliantly. And they’d love your thoughts on the new gra …


MasAgro takes the spotlight

February 7, 2012

At the launch of the MAIZE and WHEAT CRPs, Undersecretary Mariano Ruiz-Funes Macedo of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) spoke of the chal …


A man who builds bridges: CIMMYT bids farewell to Wilfred Mwangi

February 7, 2012

At the closing dinner of the MAIZE and WHEAT meetings on 20 January 2012, CIMMYT took the opportunity to say farewell to Wilfred Mwangi, Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project Leader, who wi …


Data, data, everywhere!

February 7, 2012

Over 23-24 January 2012, CIMMYT’s global maize program received an unprecedented gift: over 2 billion maize marker data points from 4,000 CIMMYT lines. “For each line, we are now able to detect over h …


Seeds of Sustainability: a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainably improving wheat yields

February 7, 2012

The Yaqui Valley is one of Mexico’s main bread baskets and supplies seeds and grain globally. It was the birthplace of the Green Revolution and, as the home of CIMMYT’s primary field station, Campo Ex …


BISA in Bihar

February 3, 2012

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) received another boost this week when the Bihar government pledged to provide 200 acres to the center, at a price of just 1 Rupee (0.02 USD) per acre. This …