Archive for October, 2012

Interview with Ravi Singh

October 31, 2012

1. What kind of research do you specialize in? My long-term research interest has been to enhance the genetic understanding of resistance to wheat rusts and to achieve durable resistance by developing …


CIMMYT Scientist Wins Award From Crop Science Society of America

October 31, 2012

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (26 October 2012) — CIMMYT (The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) announced today that the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has given CIMMYT’s Dr. Ravi P. Sin …


New Global Wheat Rust Monitoring web site launched

October 31, 2012

RustTracker.org provides up to date information on the status of wheat rust diseases worldwide. The dynamic, content rich site provides a single source of information for all global wheat rust monitor …


USAID supports CIMMYT-led partnership for heat resilient maize in South Asia

October 31, 2012

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will support a partnership to develop heat resilient maize for South Asia, as part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative. The partners …


Training to build maize breeding capacity in Africa

October 30, 2012

Thirty-six senior maize breeders from fifteen African countries participated in a course in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1 to 4 October 2012. The course attracted participants from national agricultural resea …


DTMA III holds annual meeting

October 26, 2012

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Initiative held its first annual meeting of phase 3 during 24- 28 September 2012 at the Nairobi Safari Club Hotel in Kenya. The meeting was attended by 83 …


Wheat is not a rich man’s crop

October 25, 2012

When food prices rise, people go hungry. Hunger leads to anger, social unrest, and protests such as those seen in 2008 and 2011 in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Caribbean. Locations of food r …


Ravi Singh receives 2012 China Tianshan Award from Xinjiang Province of China

October 25, 2012

Ravi Singh, distinguished scientist and head of Bread Wheat Improvement and Rust Research, Global Wheat Program, received the 2012 China Tianshan Award for his contributions to the economic and social …


CIMMYT strengthens links with seed companies in Uganda and Kenya

October 24, 2012

Strengthening and enhancing seed systems is critical to ensure that released varieties reach the ultimate beneficiary — the farmer, and that farmers, especially smallholders, are able to access improv …


FONTAGRO project holds workshop in Colombia

October 23, 2012

The FONTAGRO project “Development of Maize Lines Combining Drought Tolerance and Ear Rot Resistance as a Way to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change and Minimize Mycotoxin Contamination” held a work …


Conservation agriculture for smallholder maize farmers in Jharkhand, India

October 22, 2012

Farming in Jharkhand in eastern India is typically characterized by land degradation, moisture stress, low cropping intensity, poor biomass production, and low farm income. To address these issues fac …


Interactive photos give an addictive view of maize and wheat

October 22, 2012

If you work at or with CIMMYT, you’ve probably seen a lot of photos of crops in fields… but we’re betting you’ve never seen photos like these. Shared with us by CIMMYT wheat geneticist Marc Ellis, the …


Fostering global food security for wheat: No country is an island

October 17, 2012

Monday, 14 May 2012. Posted in Features CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 10, October 2008 A team in Mauritius working on the wheat-growing project As the price of wheat goes up, countries such as the Republic …


Project aiming to reduce post-harvest losses launched in Malawi

October 17, 2012

“Storage technologies provided by the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project offer effective grain protection against pest and moisture,” said Honorable Jermoth …


Phenotyping, plant breeding and precision agriculture in Peru

October 16, 2012

The National Agricultural Innovation Institute, through the Vista Florida Experiment Station in Chiclayo, Peru, in collaboration with CIMMYT, organized the workshop “Phenotyping in plant breeding and …


Climate change and the challenges of increasing production in India

October 15, 2012

While cereal production in India has increased significantly since the mid-1960s as a result of the Green Revolution, securing the gains achieved is becoming more difficult in the context of soaring f …


W4A Day Five: Ending on a high and a declaration of commitment

October 12, 2012

As so often happens at the end of conferences, I have to dash for a plane, so I’ll make it brief. You may have seen on our live twitter feed (#W4A) that today was a day for proposals and promises at t …


CIMMYT connects with partners at the 2012 African Green Revolution Forum

October 12, 2012

“We have arrived at the tipping point and are not taking Africa’s Green Revolution to scale,” said Kofi Annan during the opening session of the 2012 African Green Revolution Forum which took place in …


W4A Day Four: A momentus day for wheat in Africa

October 11, 2012

It was another exhausting, but productive day at the Wheat for Food Security in Africa conference at Addis Ababa, culminating in a wonderful evening of traditional dancing and the Injera cuisine so ty …


G20 recognizes Mexico and CIMMYT for creating MasAgro

October 11, 2012

Mexico and CIMMYT were recognized by G20 agricultural development experts for presenting the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) initiative at the Meeting of Agricultural Ch …