Archive for April, 2013

Conservation agriculture in Central Asia: A bumpy road to food security?

April 30, 2013

Conservation agriculture methods enable producers to sustainably intensify production, improve soil health, and minimize or avoid negative externalities. However, these practices have not yet taken of …


Successful partners’ day at CIMMYT-Harare showcasing research work

April 29, 2013

The value of CIMMYT’s research work is enhanced through partnerships supporting the development and dissemination of new maize production technologies. To encourage this collaboration, the CIMMYT Sout …


Controlling maize storage in Kenya: what really works?

April 27, 2013

As traditional storage methods are proving less efficient, especially when faced with pests, a team of scientists from CIMMYT and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute researched the effectiveness …


Agrovegetal and CIMMYT renew alliance

April 26, 2013

On 12 April 2013, CIMMYT director general Thomas Lumpkin and José Ortega Cabello, chairman of the Campo de Tejada cooperative in Spain, signed a five-year extension of a collaborative agreement betwee …


Memorial tribute for Goyo Martínez, master builder of lasting relationships in Mexico

April 26, 2013

Nearly 140 members of the CIMMYT community and valued Mexican partners gathered on 16 April 2013 with the family of Gregorio “Goyo” Martínez Valdés, retired CIMMYT institutional relations officer who …


Agricultural Innovation Systems: what do they mean to the work we do?

April 25, 2013

On daily basis, we interact with farmers, extension workers, researchers, seed companies, government officials, and many others. Our work would not be possible without these actors, many of whom focus …


2nd ARIA-CIMMYT annual maize workshop in Afghanistan: challenges to maize production

April 24, 2013

Increasing maize production in Afghanistan and defining research imperatives to address its major constraints were the topic of the 2nd Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA)-CIMMYT mai …


Global Wheat Program busy in Obregón: Visitors Week 2013

April 23, 2013

Once a year, wheat researchers from around the world have the opportunity to see the Centro Experimental Norman E. Borlaug (CENEB) in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, in all its glory and the wheat experiments …


Women in Triticum visited CIMMYT

April 17, 2013

During the month of March, CIMMYT-Obregon hosted six winners of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award. The Award, established in 2010 by the Borlaug Global Rust Initiativ …


Provitamin A biofortified orange maize reaches farmers in Zambia

April 15, 2013

With over 50% of Zambian children under five vitamin A deficient, Zambia faces a major public health problem. This has resulted in several government intervention programs including vitamin A suppleme …


Science magazine: global research to control stem rust disease saves wheat farmers losses worth US $1.12 billion per year

April 12, 2013

The virulent stem rust race Ug99 has spread from Africa to Iran and is capable of causing serious crop losses. Credit: E.Quilligan/CIMMYT A study just published in Science by scientists from the Unive …


SIMLESA progressing and gearing up for Phase II

April 10, 2013

Over 200 researchers, policy makers, donors, seed companies, and NGO representatives from Africa and Australia gathered in Chimoio, Mozambique, during 17-23 March 2013 for the third SIMLESA (Sustainab …


ZimCLIFS integrates crop and livestock production research in Zimbabwe

April 9, 2013

In 2012, three CG centers—the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), CIMMYT, and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)—launched a joint project called …


Farm mechanization & conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification project launched

April 8, 2013

If asked “What is the most limiting factor to cereal production in sub-Saharan Africa,” most agronomists would say water, nitrogen, or phosphorus. Could farm power also have a place in this list? From …


Far in the South and seeking food security: East Timor farmers adopt improved maize seed

April 3, 2013

Buddhi Kunwar, Informal Seed Production Advisor, Seeds of Life Program, MAF-East Timor (third from right wearing a hat and with sunglasses hanging from shirt) with members of Community Seed Production …