Archive for January, 2013

Is wheat a perfect, chronic poison?

January 31, 2013

A new book makes a number of controversial claims about wheat. Once you sort through the hyperbole and hysteria, here’s the news flash: Wheat is not a poison. Millions of people eat it every day. Howe …


Value chain analysis training: putting farmers first

January 31, 2013

Understanding the value chain of maize and legume crops and the ability to define various actors as well as their contributions and constraints along the value chain is crucial in identifying feasible …


Gender integration and data analysis: a better way to move forward

January 30, 2013

Gender mainstreaming in agricultural development is on the agenda of national governments and the international development community (for more information on CIMMYT and gender mainstreaming see “Inte …


Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in Kenya and Tanzania: Facts and actions

January 29, 2013

A serious new disease of maize appeared in the farmers’ fields in eastern Africa in 2011. Called maize lethal necrosis (MLN; or corn lethal necrosis, CLN), it can devastate maize crops. The disease is …


Secretary of Agriculture backs CIMMYT’s initiative for sustainable crop intensification in Bangladesh

January 29, 2013

Bangladesh has a mosaic of distinct agricultural seasons, potentially allowing farmers to cultivate two and sometimes three crops on the same field. However, in the impoverished region of Southern Ban …


Identifying wheat landraces in Turkey

January 23, 2013

The International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) in cooperation with FAO Central Asia held a workshop to summarize the results of wheat landraces inventory in Turkey and develop recommendati …


Haryana Chief Minister: conservation agriculture is the way of future farming

January 22, 2013

Thanks to high-yielding cultivars of wheat and rice, development of irrigation infrastructure, the work of innovative farmers, and the state’s support for improved technologies, the Indian state of Ha …


Integrating gender into WHEAT and MAIZE CRPs: A leap forward

January 21, 2013

Addressing the gender disparities between women and men farmers in the developing world represents a significant development potential in itself. The FAO 2011 State of Food and Agriculture report esti …


Prestigious INSA fellowship to Arun Joshi

January 16, 2013

Arun Joshi, CIMMYT senior wheat breeder for South Asia, has been named Fellow of the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) at its annual meeting in Pune, India, during 27-29 December 2012 …


German and Partec partnership facilitates DNA analysis

January 15, 2013

CIMMYT has received a new flow cytometer that will allow speedy DNA analysis for breeding. “With this new technology, we save tremendous amounts of money, time, and resources. We’re really grateful to …


Honoring the memory of former maize director, Rip Paliwal

January 14, 2013

We are sad to inform readers that on 05 January 2013, at the age of 84, Ripusudan L. Paliwal, a CIMMYT employee for 17 years who served as director of the maize program, passed away in the presence of …


CIMMYT mourns the passing of Twumasi-Afriyie, creator of the quality protein maize Obatanpa

January 14, 2013

On 03 January 2013, 63-year-old Ghanaian-born maize breeder Strafford Twumasi-Afriyie succumbed to cancer, leaving a substantive legacy that includes the creation of the world’s most widely-sown quali …


The best photo of 2012

January 14, 2013

Since the beginning of our weekly photo contest, we have received many pictures of maize and wheat from staff and friends around the world. Every week, we chose a winner, but we asked you to choose th …


Climate Change and Agriculture: Building Resilience

January 7, 2013

This article is cross-posted from the Feed the Future blog. Feed the Future is the United States Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. It supports country-driven approaches to addre …