Archive for November, 2012

CIMMYT graduate research fellow wins recognition for protein maize PhD project

November 30, 2012

Abdu Rahman Beshir (in the middle) with winners in BSc Hons andMSc categories Abdu Rahman Beshir, a CIMMYT graduate research fellow from Ethiopia, received an award for the best project in the PhD cat …


SIMLESA-Kenya: achievements and future goals

November 29, 2012

The Kenya Annual Review and Planning Meeting (ARPM) was held during 5-6 November 2012 at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). The meeting was attended by 33 participants from the Queensla …


Masa-tortilla industry in Mexico: what needs to be done?

November 28, 2012

Ing. Manuel Rubio Portilla (GRUMA), Dr. Juan De Dios Figueroa (Cinvestav), winners of the “Dios Yum Kaak-Ricardo Bressani” 2012 award. About 350 representatives from the masa-tortilla, nixtamalized fl …


Global network to increase wheat yield, fight hunger

November 27, 2012

To meet the global demand for wheat, wheat yield needs to be increased by 60% by 2050 or 1.6% per year. While scientific evidence suggests that the yield potential could be increased by 50% or more, t …


More Kenyans to benefit from improved grain storage technologies

November 26, 2012

“Maize research in the country has contributed to increased productivity by developing high yielding hybrid varieties that give quick returns to the farmers. However, 30% of post-harvest losses incurr …


MasAgro made promising advances in its 2011 and 2012 activities

November 26, 2012

On Monday 12 November CIMMYT and SAGARPA presented the first MasAgro Activities Report 2011-2012 at CIMMYT headquarters in Texcoco, State of Mexico. In his welcome speech, Thomas Lumpkin stated that h …


Delegation from Bangladesh visits CIMMYT’s conservation agriculture program in India

November 25, 2012

A delegation from the Government of Bangladesh led by Begum Matia Chowdhury, Minister of Agriculture, and accompanied by Tariq A Karim, High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India, Md Abdul Hamid, Additi …


1st International Crown Rot Workshop for Wheat Improvement

November 24, 2012

Crown rot, a fungal soil borne disease of wheat caused by several species of Fusarium, causes significant yield losses on wheat, especially under postanthesis drought stress, and is particularly probl …


Javier Peña on the spotlight again

November 15, 2012

During 20-27 October 2012, wheat quality expert and laboratory head Javier Peña visited the Dryland Agriculture Research Institute (DARI) in Maragheh, Iran. At DARI, he conducted a workshop on wheat g …


CIMMYT strengthens partnership with Zimbabwe

November 15, 2012

Thomas Lumpkin, CIMMYT director general, and Honorable Joseph Made, Minister of Agriculture and Mechanization of Zimbabwe, signed a new memorandum of understanding on 29 October 2012 to strengthen the …


Conservation agriculture and spatial variability analysis of soils using EM 38 course in India

November 14, 2012

CIMMYT and the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized an advanced course on “Conservation agriculture and spatial variability an …


Sharing experiences with effective grain storage in Africa

November 14, 2012

A delegation from Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia — the target countries of the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers (EGSP) Phase-II Project— visited Malawi durin …


KARI science conference highlights joint Kenya-CIMMYT impacts

November 13, 2012

As a celebration of one of the center’s most valued research partnerships, CIMMYT director general Thomas Lumpkin gave a keynote address during the 13th Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (KARI) Bie …


Improving wheat productivity in Asia through collaboration

November 12, 2012

During 26-27 April 2012, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), in collaboration with CIMMYT …


Australia and CIMMYT continue support for wheat and maize research in Afghanistan

November 12, 2012

After a decade of successful work in Afghanistan, CIMMYT has begun a new phase of a project supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Centre for Inte …


Climate smart practices and conservation agriculture in India

November 8, 2012

Under the aegis of Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CIMMYT, Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU), and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) organized a travelling semin …


Ugandan farmers also coating seed for Striga control

November 7, 2012

A Striga infested maize field in Tororo, Uganda. In Tororo, Uganda, farmers have been losing most of their maize crop to witchweed. However, they now feel that there is hope as research by CIMMYT and …


New maize brings hope to farmers in Striga-infested regions in Tanzania and Uganda

November 6, 2012

For many years, farmers in Tanzania have desperately tried to control the parasitic flowering plant Striga spp.—popularly known as witchweed—that can make maize farming nearly impossible in regions of …


Recent conference gets wheat back on Africa’s map

November 5, 2012

Wheat is increasingly in demand in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of income growth and the demand for convenience foods as more women enter the workplace, but sub-Saharan countries and Africa as a who …


Ravi Singh receives Crop Science Research Award

November 5, 2012

Ravi P. Singh, distinguished scientist and head of Bread Wheat Improvement, was awarded the 2012 Crop Science Research Award by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Singh is the first CIMMYT sc …