Archive for March, 2012

From ‘Planet Under Pressure’ conference: Can social media influence policymaking decisions?

March 29, 2012

By: Chris Cutter There was a spirited debate here at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London on the possible uses of social media. The session, moderated by BBC journalist Richard Black, provid …


Collaboration is key for the WYC

March 28, 2012

A collaboration between 31 partner organizations, with 83 expert scientists, the Wheat Yield Consortium (WYC) aims to increase wheat yield potential 50% by 2030. This unprecedented project was establi …


Integration of farmers and science through patronato a “model” for linking researchers and farmers

March 28, 2012

On 15 March 2012, Mexican producers and representatives of INIFAP, Patronato, the Sonoran Government, representatives of different dependencies of SAGARPA, CIMMYT and numerous local collaborators gath …


Paul Mapfumo receives University professorship

March 28, 2012

Paul Mapfumo, member of the global conservation agriculture program and coordinator of SOFECSA—the Soil Fertility Consortium for Southern Africa—has been awarded a full professorship at the University …


Wheat: A Rich Man’s Crop?

March 28, 2012

Days #2 and 3 of CIMMYT Visitors Week, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico Many people perceive that wheat is a food eaten only by the rich; but they are wrong, argues Hans Braun, Head of CIMMYT’s Global W …


BISA welcomes Bihar Cabinet Minister

March 28, 2012

The BISA facilities at Pusa, India, received a welcome guest on 17 March 2012, when Bihar Cabinet Minister, Giriraj Singh, visited to participate in a farm festival organized by the regional station o …


Empowering maize technicians in Zimbabwe

March 28, 2012

A training course was held at the Agricultural Research Trust (ART), in Harare, Zimbabwe during 12-15 March 2012. Organized by CIMMYT-Zimbabwe, the course aimed to improve the skills and knowledge of …


Planet under pressure / A numbers game–but which numbers are the numbers that matter?

March 27, 2012

By Susan MacMillan in ILRI (http://www.ilri.org/ilrinews/index.php/archives/8598) Speaking on ‘Sustainable food systems for food security’, Marianne Banziger, a scientist at the CGIAR maize and wheat …


The complex nature of a simple science

March 27, 2012

Day #1 of CIMMYT Visitors Week, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico One wall is dominated by a map of the Yaqui Valley, speckled with LED dots and flanked by computer projections. Two metre high maps of th …


CIMMYT celebrates World Water Day 2012

March 23, 2012

Many of us often underestimate the importance of water on our daily lives – that is until the taps run out of water or the well runs dry. For farmers, their lives are intimately connected to the abund …


Obregon blimp airborne and eyeing plots

March 23, 2012

Visitors to the Centro Experimental de Norman E. Borlaug (CENEB) station, near Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, were lucky enough to witness the launch of CIMMYT’s first blimp on 13 March 2012. Made possible t …


A living genebank in Tajikistan

March 23, 2012

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway recently received 25,000 seed samples from all over the world. Speaking to NPR radio, Cary Fowler, director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which runs the …


9th workshop on QTL Mapping and Breeding Simulation well received at University of Sydney

March 23, 2012

A three-day workshop on QTL Mapping and Breeding Simulation was held during 7–9 March 2012, at the Plant Breeding Institute of the University of Sydney, Cobbitty, Australia. It was attended by 35 part …


Francolin: Ug99-tolerant wheat variety released in Bangladesh

March 23, 2012

The danger posed by the Ug99 strain of the disease stem rust to global wheat production is well recognized, and Bangladesh is no exception. Wheat is one of the major cereals in Bangladesh, ranking sec …


The voice of farmers in Malawi and Mozambique: Mother-baby trials

March 21, 2012

In February 2012 several CIMMYT staff working in Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA), including project leader Mulug …


DG meets with Tunisian Minister of Agriculture

March 21, 2012

CIMMYT’s director general Thomas Lumpkin met with Mohamed Ben Salem, the Minister of Agriculture of Tunisia, on 11 February 2012 in Tunis, Tunisia, during a visit to the region focusing on fortifying …


Drought tolerant maize wins UK climate prize

March 20, 2012

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has won Best Technological Breakthrough at the 2012 UK Climate Week Awards for its support to the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa …


What happens when medical doctor meets with plant physiologist? – Innovation!

March 15, 2012

From SciDev.Net: Root-imaging technology could improve crop resilience By Aleida Rueda [MEXICO CITY] Mexican researchers have welcomed a breakthrough in imaging plant roots, saying it could help breed …


Wheat biofortification meeting held in India

March 12, 2012

Meeting was held in the Indian holy city of Varanasi during 27 February to 01 March 2012. It was organized jointly by Banaras Hindu University (BHU), HarvestPlus, and CIMMYT to discuss wheat biofortif …


Improving approaches to physiological breeding: Two new manuals from CIMMYT

March 12, 2012

In 2001, CIMMYT published Application of Physiology in Wheat Breeding, which became one of the most highly downloaded publications from the CIMMYT website. It has been translated into Russian and Chin …