Archive for July, 2012

Training scientists in maize information management

July 31, 2012

During 19-21 June 2012, researchers, technicians, and students from the Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA), Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), Improved Maize for African Soil (IMAS), and D …


CIMMYT-Hyderabad welcomes a Limagrain delegation

July 30, 2012

A group of 14 Limagrain representatives visited the CIMMYT-Asia maize program in Hyderabad, India, on 18 July 2012. Limagrain is an international agricultural co-operative group specialized in field s …


Discussing the importance of seed systems

July 25, 2012

As we endeavour to reach more farmers with improved varieties, seed systems are becoming increasingly important for CIMMYT in Africa, and a number of projects are generating germplasm to meet the vari …


Principal supplier of barley to the Mexican beer industry joins MasAgro

July 24, 2012

On 12 July 2012, Impulsora Agrícola, a company dedicated to promoting and improving the cultivation of malt barley, signed a coordination agreement with CIMMYT to adopt MasAgro’s working model. This p …


International Winter Wheat Improvement Program reviewed

July 23, 2012

The International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) develops winter wheat germplasm for Central and West Asia and facilitates global germplasm exchange, as part of a joint program between the M …


Dow Jones Interview: Mexico’s CIMMYT to develop heat-tolerant wheat for South Asia

July 20, 2012

SINGAPORE- -The Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT has embarked on an ambitious program to develop a new heat tolerant, improved variety of wheat that can grow in …


Nutritionally-enhanced maize reaching Filipino farmers and families

July 20, 2012

Agricultural extension agents are getting seed of quality protein maize to the mountainous areas in the Philippines and encouraging smallholder farmers in its use. Widespread use of this nutritionally …


Boosting adoption and utilization of orange maize in Zambia

July 17, 2012

In Zambia, 54 percent of children are Vitamin A-deficient; a condition resulting in poor eyesight, low immunity, and high rates of mortality. The HarvestPlus Challenge Program is hoping to rectify thi …


Howard G. Buffett: in support of conservation agriculture for smallholder farmers

July 16, 2012

Howard G. Buffett recently published a great article about his view of conservation agriculture and its importance for the future (see the whole article at http://bit.ly/NzFZvV) in which he is address …


Grain storage technologies to reduce post-harvest losses

July 16, 2012

A Launch and Inception Planning Workshop for the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers (EGSP) Phase-II Project was held in Lusaka, Zambia, during 28-29 June 2012. Buil …


DTMA participates in One Acre Fund field day in Kenya

July 10, 2012

On 12 June 2012, the Drought Tolerant Maize in Africa (DTMA) project leader, Tsedeke Abate, led a group from CIMMYT in a farmer field day organized by the non-governmental organization “One Acre Fund” …


International conservation agriculture training course: perfection, organization, and team work

July 10, 2012

This is how Vivak Kumar, from India, described the advanced course on conservation agriculture (CA) 2012, which ended two weeks ago. Kumar, an assistant professor at Meerat University, was one of seve …


DTMA building capacity for maize research in the Kingdom of Swaziland

July 10, 2012

During 25 – 30 June 2012, CRP MAIZE and FAO-Swaziland supported the participation of 32 maize researchers and technicians in a maize training course in Mbabane, Swaziland. The course attracted agricul …


Training on statistical analysis in agricultural research in Kabul, Afghanistan

July 10, 2012

The agricultural research network in Afghanistan has been increasing in size and strength ever since reconstruction activities in the country began. Major disciplines such as crop improvement and agro …


G20 agriculture report praises a Mexican program geared at raising maize and wheat production

July 9, 2012

A report by the G20 Agriculture Group recognized that the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture program (MasAgro) is a Mexican initiative that could serve as a model for coordinating re …


CIMMYT-CAAS-Seed industry interface on rapid-cycle maize breeding

July 9, 2012

To strengthen the modern technology-driven maize breeding in China, “CIMMYT-CAAS-Seed Industry Interface on Rapid-cycle Maize Breeding” was held on June 9, 2012 in CIMMYT-CAAS Joint International Rese …


Using double haploid in maize breeding

July 6, 2012

The use of doubled haploids in maize breeding was first proposed more than half a century ago. Today, the in vivo haploid induction technique is routinely used in maize inbred line development, in bot …


Angola to strengthen DTMA collaboration

July 6, 2012

During the week of 18-22 June 2012, the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project leader Tsedeke Abate, accompanied by CIMMYT maize breeder Cosmos Magorokosho and socioeconomist Girma Tesfahun …


DTMA takes a closer look at gender issues

July 2, 2012

Last week, the Drought Tolerant Maize in Africa (DTMA) Project hosted gender consultant Diana Pritchard in Ethiopia and Kenya. In Ethiopia, Diana met with CIMMYT project staff. In Kenya, she attended …


Laying foundations to create productive and sustainable cropping systems in Asia

July 2, 2012

The third offering of the advance course-Asia “Conservation Agriculture: Gateway for Productive and Sustainable Cropping Systems” began at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India, on 28 …