Archive for August, 2013

Strengthening maize technicians’ capacity in Mozambique

August 29, 2013

Maize technicians received a training course in Mozambique. Forty participants from various agricultural research stations, private seed companies, and communitybased seed production schemes attended …


Announcing Borlaug100

August 28, 2013

On 25 March 1914, a man who would change the face of agriculture around the world was born. Dr. Norman Borlaug, tireless hunger fighter and one of only six people to have won the Presidential Medal of …


Tanzanian seed company holds field days to popularize drought tolerant maize varieties

August 28, 2013

Farmers gather during a field day hosted by a seed company in Tanzania. Yield is one of the key things farmers consider when deciding what seed to buy. Farmers in Arusha, Tanzania shared this fact dur …


Cereal Systems Initiatives for South Asia-Mechanization and Irrigation project launched

August 27, 2013

CIMMYT and International Development Enterprises (iDE) announced the initiation of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia-Mechanization and Irrigation in Bangladesh In south-western Bangladesh, …


CIMMYT welcomes new partner in MasAgro

August 26, 2013

Left: Belisario Domínguez Méndez, Director General of Productivity and Technological Development for Mexico Subsecretary of Agriculture, SAGARPA; middle: Tom Short, Deputy Director General of CIMMYT C …


Snapshot: a cob showing poor pollination

August 24, 2013

Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT


NSIMA: Seeding hope for smallholder farmers through partnerships

August 21, 2013

To achieve food security, smallholder farmers in Southern Africa require access to improved seed and inputs for higher yields. “Seed is one of the key movers in agricultural development,” says John Ma …


The struggle of maize against climate change in Zimbabwe

August 21, 2013

“Maize production is likely to suffer the most due to climate change compared to other crops in Southern Africa,” said CIMMYT physiologist Jill Cairns, who presented on CIMMYT work under the CGIAR Res …


Learning to breed insect-resistant maize at CIMMYT-Kenya

August 21, 2013

“The trip was an eye opener for me. We have no mass rearing facility in Ethiopia; neither do we practice artificial infestation of stem borers. We only undertake natural infestation for our trials, wh …


Strengthening CIMMYT cooperation with Russia

August 20, 2013

Left to right: Vladimir Shamanin, Alex Morgounov, Sergey Petukhovskiy, Hans Braun, and Nina Kazydub. CIMMYT Global Wheat Program director Hans-Joachim Braun and winter wheat breeder Alex Morgounov att …


Focus on heat stress resilient maize for Asia

August 19, 2013

Scientists from the Heat Stress Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA) project and representatives from collaborating public and private sector institutions from the region, Purdue University, and CIMMYT gath …


Impressive adoption of metal silos in western Kenya

August 13, 2013

“When Richard Pamo, the then Caritas Development Coordinator [Homa Bay] introduced the metal silo technology to me in 2008, I felt I had received the solution to my perennial problems of storing my gr …


Making villages ‘climate smart’

August 13, 2013

“Climatic extremes and variability are  becoming more frequent and resulting in losses for farmers. This issue cannot be addressed in isolation; it needs collective participation of all stakeholders, …


Wheat-for-Africa gains momentum

August 2, 2013

Wheat was not a traditional staple in much of Africa, but urbanization, a growing middle class, and changing lifestyles are driving a rapid increase in demand for it. The urban and rural poor in Afric …


Metal silos: a timely intervention in curbing postharvest losses

August 2, 2013

The metal silo technology promoted by CIMMYT for maize storage has been hailed in Kenya as the ultimate solution to high maize postharvest losses caused by the maize weevil (Sitophilus zeamais) and la …


Nitrogen-use-efficient maize ready for release in Africa

August 1, 2013

Big news for public and private maize breeders and seed providers in Africa: you can now test your lines and hybrids under controlled stress conditions that allow you to tell how they’ll perform when …


Stepping up the fight against maize lethal necrosis in Eastern Africa

August 1, 2013

“I can now identify with accuracy plants affected with maize lethal necrotic disease,” stated Regina Tende, PhD student attached to CIMMYT, after attending the CIMMYT-Kenya Agricultural Research Insti …


“You go to the field.” U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security

August 1, 2013

When asked how you become a successful wheat breeder, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug replied, “Well, you go to the field. You go to the field again, and then you go to the field. When the wheat plants start to …