Archive for March, 2013

Pakistan: Innovation to boost agriculture

March 26, 2013

Pakistan ushered in a new era of agricultural research earlier this month when the Ministry of Food Security and Research, CIMMYT, USAID, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), and key agr …


New doubled haploid facility will strengthen maize breeding in Africa

March 26, 2013

CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program will establish and operate a maize doubled haploid (DH) facility in Kiboko, Kenya. With financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this centralized D …


Maize scientists learn about doubled haploids

March 26, 2013

To expand awareness on DH-based breeding and build the capacity of national partners, the CIMMYT Global Maize Program organized the second international training course on doubled haploid technology i …


Jharkhand, India: Social learning on conservation agriculture in smallholder rainfed systems

March 26, 2013

On 13 March 2013, a social learning exercise was organized jointly by Birsa Agricultural University (BAU) and CIMMYT under the aegis of an IFAD supported “Sustainable Intensification of Maize-livestoc …


CIMMYT-India interacts with farmers at IARI Agriculture Science Fair

March 26, 2013

Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela, a farmers’ fair organized by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) annually since 1972, was held during 6-8 March 2013 in New Delhi, India. Every year, agriculture …


DTMA recognizes best-performing teams in Eastern Africa

March 26, 2013

During 25-26 February 2013, 22 participants drawn from seed companies, national agricultural research institutes, and CIMMYT met in Arusha, Tanzania, for the regional Maize Working Group (MWG) meeting …


New postharvest storage technologies for Latin America

March 23, 2013

The 2nd Latin American Convention on Airtight Storage sponsored by the global company GrainPro, Inc was held during 1-2 March 2013 in Antigua, Guatemala. More than 50 participants from Brazil, Ecuador …


Discussing future research and development in Afghanistan

March 22, 2013

For over 10 years, CIMMYT has been working assiduously with the national agriculture research system of Afghanistan to contribute to the war-torn country’s sustainable agricultural growth and research …


Water-saving techniques salvage wheat in drought-stricken Kazakhstan

March 21, 2013

Kazakhstan’s 2012 drought and high temperatures cut the country’s wheat harvests by more than half from 2011 output, but wheat under zero-tillage practices gave up to three times more grain than conve …


Inspiring a new generation of scientists: The Borlaug-Ruan Internship

March 20, 2013

Many scientists begin exploring at a young age; they try to figure out the things they don’t know, ask questions of others, and see how this information might be useful to them in creating new knowled …


Zinc-rich wheat reaches communities in eastern India

March 20, 2013

In the continuous effort to increase awareness of wheat biofortification and its use to improve health and quality of life in eastern India, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Mahamana Krishak Samiti far …


3rd International Wheat Yield Consortium Workshop: Latest news in wheat research

March 19, 2013

Over 100 stakeholders, scientists, and students from 28 countries were welcomed in Obregon, Mexico, by John Snape, CIMMYT Board of Trustees member, as he opened the 3rd International Workshop of the W …


India’s Economic Survey and Budget 2013: What’s in store for agriculture?

March 15, 2013

In the latest Union Budget, which was presented by India’s finance minister P. Chidambaram to the Parliament on 28 February 2013, the Government of India re-emphasized its commitment to inclusive grow …


Resource-conserving practices for smallholder farmers in Africa

March 14, 2013

“Today Embu farmers are reaping benefits associated with conservation agriculture, where SIMLESA started activities in 2010,” said Charles Wanjau, District Agricultural Officer, Embu East. “We hope th …


Thomas Lumpkin and Marianne Bänziger visited CIMMYT-Bangladesh

March 13, 2013

Thomas Lumpkin, CIMMYT director general, and Marianne Bänziger, deputy director general for research and partnerships, visited CIMMYT-Bangladesh during 20-23 February 2013 to meet with CIMMYT-Banglade …


CIMMYT-Bangladesh, February 2013: distinguished guests and donors

March 12, 2013

As farmers in southern Bangladesh –the country’s most impoverished region– face increasing costs of agricultural labor and negative effects of climate change, CIMMYT-Bangladesh partners with farmers a …


“Sky Walker” advances phenotyping in Southern Africa

March 11, 2013

To free phenotyping of the varietal development bottleneck label, many new tools have been developed to enable an easier plant growth and development characterization and field variability. Until rece …


Women driving changes in agriculture

March 8, 2013

Marianne Bänziger is the Deputy Director General for Research and Partnerships for CIMMYT. Marianne started her career with CIMMYT as a post-doctoral fellow in 1994 working in Maize Physiology to deve …


My research engages gender in multiple ways

March 7, 2013

Emma Gaalaas Mullaney is a researcher studying gender and agriculture. She has served as a Youth Representative to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Commission on the Status of …


Women entering the workforce raises wheat consumption

March 7, 2013

Nicole Mason is an assistant professor of International Development at the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Currently on long-term assignment with …