Archive for August, 2012

Alan Roelfs visits CIMMYT to teach about rust

August 29, 2012

CIMMYT-El Batán had the privilege to host Alan Roelfs, an expert on rust research, as a visitor to the wheat program. Roelfs assisted with training as part of the “Advanced Wheat Improvement Course: P …


DTMA strengthens research and extension links in Southern Africa

August 28, 2012

Largely because commercial farmers have shifted to cash crops such as tobacco and horticulture, smallholder farmers now account for 70-80% of food production in Zimbabwe, and they have little access t …


Drought tolerant wheat in Kazakhstan

August 27, 2012

“This year has been terrible for wheat production,” said Yuriy Zelenskiy, CIMMYT wheat breeder in Kazakhstan. “Since planting, there have been 60 days without rain, and the temperature has been on ave …


Australia’s Grains Research & Development Corporation praises CIMMYT

August 22, 2012

In a recent interview on Ground Cover TV, John Harvey, Managing Director of Australia’s Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), described CIMMYT’s high value to the global wheat research …


Achievements for drought tolerant maize breeding in southern Africa

August 21, 2012

Maize plays a pivotal role in the livelihoods of people in southern Africa: its annual per capita consumption is around 85 kg. In the past season, however, farmers in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Swazil …


MasAgro to offer farmers advice and information through cell phones

August 17, 2012

On 1 and 2 August 2012, representatives of public and private organizations interested in developing information technologies for the agricultural sector met at CIMMYT to participate in the MasAgro Mo …


Gender integration in CGIAR Research Programs

August 16, 2012

The move to integrate gender in the organizational and research agenda of the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and Centers is gaining speed, also due to the formation of the ‘CGIAR Gender and Agricultur …


Capacity building in gender mainstreaming for SIMLESA

August 15, 2012

The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) initiative held its third workshop on gender mainstreaming at the International Lives …


Scientists from SIMLESA Spillover countries visit Kenya

August 14, 2012

A delegation of scientists from South Sudan, Rwanda, and Uganda —the spillover countries of the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SI …


“Save More, Grow More, Earn More” – CIMMYT in Bangladesh

August 13, 2012

Prices for irrigation, fertilizers, fuel, and labor are rising. Fresh water supplies are decreasing, and many farmers find it increasingly difficult to plant their crop on time to assure good yields a …


SIMLESA farmers from western and eastern Kenya share their experiences

August 8, 2012

A delegation of 20 farmers, research technicians, and Ministry of Agriculture officials from western Kenya visited their counterparts in eastern Kenya during 12-13 June 2012 to learn and share their e …


Expanding SIMLESA to the Kalahari

August 7, 2012

With plans to expand to more countries in the region, the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) program has included B …


Combating Gray Leaf Spot with high-yielding and QPM maize varieties in Bhutan

August 6, 2012

Maize is one of the major staples in Bhutan and is cultivated by about 70 percent of households throughout the country. Poor farmers sustain their families by consuming maize as a staple food, using i …


Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences explores collaboration and partnership in Southern Africa

August 3, 2012

CIMMYT-Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe, hosted a delegation from the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (YAAS), China, on 20 July 2012. The delegation was led by He Xingze, Chief and Chairman …


Celebrating 15 years of partnership with South Korea

August 2, 2012

On 3 May 2012, CIMMYT marked 15 years of partnership with the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea. To commemorate this anniversary, a Plaque of Appreciation recognizing CIMMYT’s outs …


Visiting CIMMYT-Kenya to improve competency in breeding insect-resistant maize

August 1, 2012

During 1-8 July 2012, scientists from Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania visited CIMMYT-Kenya to get hands-on experience in developing insect-resistant maize using conventional approaches. Among the vis …