Archive for July, 2013

CIMMYT-CCAFS modeling team discusses gender in Ethiopia

July 29, 2013

Exploring the potential for integrating gender at a range of scales in the work of the CIMMYT-CCAFS modeling team, members of the team accompanied by colleagues from the International Water Management …

Research battles wheat spot blotch disease

July 19, 2013

After screening some 500 wheat lines and varieties at 6 sites in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, a group of scientists were able to identify 35 genotypes that resist spot blotch. This is the number-one …

CIMMYT/CCAFS in India: Gender, action, research

July 19, 2013

In June 2013, ML Jat (Global Conservation Agriculture Program) and research teams in Bihar and Haryana, India, welcomed CIMMYT gender specialist Tina Beuchelt and gender consultant Cathy Farnworth to …

Course on remote sensing using an unmanned aerial vehicle in Peru

July 19, 2013

Training on the use of remote sensing from an unmanned aerial vehicle was given at INIAP-Peru’s Vista Florida experiment station on 1-5 June 2013. The course was organized by INIAP, the University of …

MasAgro presents high quality, high yielding maize hybrids to seed producers

July 19, 2013

Investigation plot of hybrid seed production technology in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Mexican seed producers and researchers who participate in the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agri …

CIMMYT’s work highly appreciated in Ethiopia

July 19, 2013

The third Dialogue on Ethiopian Agricultural Development: Agricultural Research for National Development in the Face of Climate Change and Food Security was held during 4-5 July 2013 at the Haramaya U …

Tracking the adoption patterns in maize and legume farming system in Ethiopia

July 19, 2013

Myths and cultural practices can block farmers’ acceptance of a new technology, particularly the principles of reduced tillage, residue retention, and cropping rotations that underlie conservation agr …

SIMLESA scientists receive agronomy training in South Africa

July 19, 2013

Fifteen young scientists from SIMLESA partner and spillover countries were recently trained by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa (ARC-SA) on various aspects of agronomy and innovation …

A warm farewell for two GMP colleagues on a cold evening at El Batán

July 19, 2013

 Esperanza Téllez, Global Maize Program (GMP) assistant, worked at CIMMYT for 34 years. Rodolfo Caballero, research assistant to the Highlands Maize program, began to work in what would become CIMMYT …

Tackling toxins with aflasafe™

July 18, 2013

“All the maize for my home consumption comes from my aflasafe™-treated field,” says farmer Alhaji Al-Hassan from Nigeria’s Kaduna State. “When I take my maize to the market, buyers rush for it because …

Curbing maize postharvest losses key to attaining food security in Kenya

July 15, 2013

Kenya has experienced tremendous improvements in maize productivity, rising from 1,530,000 metric tons in 2002 to 3,420,000 in 2011. However, postharvest losses of up to 40% of the harvested grain pos …

Inspired by women communal farmers

July 13, 2013

Benhilda Masuka is a maize physiologist who joined CIMMYT Zimbabwe in 2009.

Dealing with a deadly maize disease in eastern Africa: an update

July 12, 2013

“Maize is Africa’s most important cereal crop, with more than 300 million of Africa’s most vulnerable people depending on it for their food security and livelihoods,” says B.M. Prasanna, director of C …

Keeping track of rust

July 11, 2013

‘The disease that never sleeps’ is how Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug once described wheat rust, a group of deadly, constantly changing fungal pathogens that pose a serious threat to food security …

Two new maize hybrids released in Bolivia

July 9, 2013

Bolivia’s National Institute for Agricultural, Livestock and Forestry Innovation (INIAF), in collaboration with CIMMYT, released two new maize hybrids, INIAF H1 and INIAF HQ2, targeting drought-prone …

Nutrient Expert™ decision support tools for maize and wheat launched

July 8, 2013

The Nutrient Expert™ decision support tools for maize and wheat in India were officially launched for public use on 20 June 2013 at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex in New Delhi during …

IMAS phenotyping locations

July 8, 2013

Nepal wheat scientists receive government award

July 4, 2013

The Government of Nepal and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) awarded Madan Raj Bhatta, Sarala Sharma, Deepak Bhandari, Dhruba Bahadur Thapa, and Nutan Raj Gautam — winners of the first-e …

International scientists compare hot models at CIMMYT

July 3, 2013

Hot models were the main topic of conversation at El Batan during 19-21 June 2013, when international experts from 18 leading research institutions participated in a workshop on “Modeling Wheat Respon …

Building capacity of East African seed companies through training

July 2, 2013

Seed production workshop participants visited a hybrid seed field at East African Seeds in Uganda. In recent years seed companies in Tanzania and Uganda have seen tremendous growth, resulting largely …