Archive for June, 2013

Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio and colleagues received 2013 Sustainability Science Award

June 28, 2013

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) awarded Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, CIMMYT agronomist and wheat harvest coordinator, along with Pamela Matson, Walter Falcon, Ashley Dean, Rosamond Naylor, David Lob …


Seed Health Lab aces its annual audit

June 27, 2013

Since obtaining official accreditation in 2007, CIMMYT’s Seed Health Lab (SHL) must undergo a yearly audit to detect any deviation ISO/ IEC 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing an …


Four new maize varieties released in Ethiopia

June 26, 2013

A happy farmer holding cobs of BH547 (right hand) and BH546 (left hand). The national productivity of maize, one of the most important staple crops grown in Ethiopia, is close to 3 tons/ha, a 50% incr …


Conservation agriculture: The Green Revolution for Africa?

June 25, 2013

The Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) works closely with partners all over the world toward an ultimate vision of widespread use of sustainable systems by smallholder farmers, based on th …


MasAgro partners explore the nutritional and industrial uses of corn starch

June 24, 2013

Although many of us know that cereals such as maize contain starch, very few of us are aware of its usefulness and numerous applications. Luis Arturo Bello from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN …


Seed systems in a snapshot

June 23, 2013

CIMMYT seed systems specialists Peter Setimela and James Gethi and Crop Breeding Institute’s Busiso Mavankeni review seed parent trials in Kadoma, Zimbabwe.


Curbing maize post-harvest losses continues

June 22, 2013

“Reducing post-harvest losses is key to increasing availability of food as it is not only important to increase domestic food production but also to protect what is produced by minimizing losses,” sta …


ATMA annual review meeting and maize farmer-scientist interaction

June 21, 2013

Rajasthan is one of the most stress-prone dry states of India, where farmers grow maize as major crop for food and domestic consumption. As such, it provided a perfect setting for the 2nd Annual Progr …


International Conservation Agriculture Forum in Yinchuan

June 20, 2013

The International Conservation Agriculture Forum, held at the Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences in Yinchuan during 27-31 May, was attended by a significant number of provincial gove …


Allen McHugh reports on conservation agriculture in China

June 18, 2013

The past few weeks have been busy and interesting in China: preparing for the International Conservation Agriculture Forum in Yinchuan and work travels to Beijing, Yangling (Shaanxi province), and Xuc …


Physiology to further improve rainfed winter wheat yields in Turkey

June 18, 2013

In the light of the impact made by CIMMYT in physiological pre-breeding in spring wheat with drought, the Global Wheat Program in Turkey expanded their efforts to winter wheat. To support the work of …


French savoir-faire

June 17, 2013

After a year of exchanges, planning, and construction, CIMMYT and CMF, a French company manufacturing greenhouses, inaugurated CIMMYT’s new state-of-the-art greenhouses at El Batán on 13 June 2013. Th …


Nebraska Declaration on Conservation Agriculture signed

June 17, 2013

After months of discussions and debates on the scientific evidence regarding conservation agriculture for small-scale, resource-poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, a group of 40 scienti …


Promising CIMMYT maize inbreds and pre-commercial hybrids identified against maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

June 14, 2013

The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease first appeared in Kenya’s Rift Valley in 2011 and quickly spread to other parts of Kenya, as well as to Uganda and Tanzania. Caused by a synergistic interplay o …


Extension personnel urged to lead by example in promoting metal silos

June 13, 2013

Agricultural extension service staff members in Zambia have been challenged to be the first adopters of metal silos to help promote the technology for effective grain storage. “I implore you, extensio …


Promoting resilient diversification options through maize and climate smart practices in India

June 13, 2013

“Declining water table, deteriorating soil health, labor shortages, increasing energy prices, and more frequent climate extremes are among the major long-term threats to food security in India,” state …


Three new drought-tolerant maize hybrids released in Malawi

June 11, 2013

Three drought-tolerant maize hybrids performing well in drought-prone areas and tolerant of Malawi’s major maize diseases have been released in Malawi. The new hybrids, said a member of the Agricultur …


Farmers in Kenya’s Embu County try nitrogen use efficient maize varieties

June 10, 2013

Mercy Wawira, farmer who participated in the IMAS on-farm trial in Kenya’s Embu County High fertilizer prices are among the major constraints facing maize farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa. “We a …


DTMA traveling workshop combines peer learning and evaluation

June 10, 2013

Covering 2,400 km, a multinational team toured Drought Tolerant Maize in Africa (DTMA) trial and demonstration plots in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe from 21–30 April in a traveling worksho …


Confined field trial of drought-tolerant maize yields promising results

June 7, 2013

The fourth confined field trial of MON87460, a genetically modified maize variety developed to tolerate moderate drought, recently concluded at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in Kibo …