Archive for October, 2013

Female-friendly seeder to boost conservation agriculture in Africa

October 31, 2013

By Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT Photo: Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT A lightweight seeder designed for conservation agriculture could help households headed by women in eastern and southern Africa to adopt the t …


MasAgro posters recognized at international conference

October 31, 2013

By Natalia Palacios/CIMMYT Two posters developed by scientists from CIMMYT, Chapingo Autonomous University (UACh) and the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) as part of maize quality collaborative pr …


MasAgro introduces new maize hybrids for lowland tropics

October 30, 2013

Seed specialists evaluate white and yellow maize hybrids from MasAgro’s Collaborative Testing Network for the Tropics. Photo: Alberto Chassaigne/CIMMYT By Alberto Chassaigne/CIMMYT Participants in the …


Seed companies learn business management

October 30, 2013

By Guillermina Sosa Mendoza/CIMMYT Photo: Xochiquetzal Fonseca/CIMMYT Supporting seed producers will help MasAgro to make a bigger impact, one of its leaders said last month. Experts from MasAgro’s ma …


Demonstration showcases maize hybrids

October 29, 2013

O.P. Yadav, director of the Directorate of Maize Research explains a promising hybrid to S. Ayyappan, director general of ICAR. By O.P. Yadav/Indian Council of Agricultural Research More than 120 rese …


CIMMYT partner honored with agriculture prize

October 29, 2013

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT A long-time colleague of CIMMYT received the inaugural 2013 World Agriculture Prize from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life S …


Wheat training gets boost from former program director

October 28, 2013

By Emma Quilligan/CIMMYT Photo: Mario Alberan Two additional trainees will have the opportunity to participate in CIMMYT’s wheat improvement course next year, thanks to the generous donation of US $20 …


MasAgro seed network specialists receive training in new technologies for maize improvement

October 26, 2013

By Vijay Chaikam/CIMMYT The Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture —or MasAgro— program organized a five-day training in El Batán this month to develop skills in the use of new technolog …


Asia wheat breeders review progress and look ahead

October 25, 2013

By Arun Joshi /CIMMYT Over the past five years, more than a dozen new stress tolerant wheat varieties have become available to farmers in South Asia, through breeding research and partnerships as part …


Snapshot: CIMMYT works with the World Agroforestry Centre

October 24, 2013

Photo: Sherry Odeyo/ICRAF CIMMYT Director General Thomas Lumpkin displays an agreement between CIMMYT and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) regarding office space at its headquarters in Nairobi. L …


Researchers do the crop breeding math

October 24, 2013

This blog was originally posted here by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). By Caity Peterson (International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) Cl …


CIMMYT leadership pays Kenyan Deputy President a courtesy call

October 23, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Photo: Dominic Odhiambo, Kenya Deputy President’s office. Members of the executive committee of CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees and Management Committee, along with the director …


Goodbye and good luck to Bekele Shiferaw

October 23, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT bid farewell to Bekele Shiferaw, former director and principal scientist of the Socioeconomics Program, at a luncheon hosted in his honor in Nairobi on 1 October. Sta …


Trained maize breeders can bring huge benefits to Africa

October 22, 2013

By Cosmos Magorokosho/CIMMYT Photo: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT CIMMYT recently conducted an intensive, three-week course in Kenya for 37 young maize breeders – including 10 women – to provide them the know …


Partnerships lead to measurable impacts for Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa

October 22, 2013

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project is an outgrowth of more than a decade of maize physiology research. It builds on more than 10 years of promoting the inclusion of selection for dro …


From Kenya to southern Africa: Effective grain storage crosses borders

October 21, 2013

By Wandera Ojanji Delegates stand with a modified metal silo at a workshop at the Baraka Agricultural College in Molo, Nakuru County, Kenya. Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Officials from Malawi and Zam …


Workshop advances promising maize and wheat technology modeling

October 18, 2013

By Sika Gbegbelegbe, Kindie Tesfaye and Uran Chung/CIMMYT Photo: Kindie Tesfaye/CIMMYT A workshop on modeling promising maize and wheat technologies brought together modelers, breeders, physiologists …


Capacity building works to combat wheat rusts

October 17, 2013

Photo: CIMMYT For the fifth consecutive year, scientists from around the world met at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) facility in Njoro for training on “Standardization of Stem Rust N …


Climate change workshop addresses research outputs in Ethiopia

October 17, 2013

By Kindie Tesfaye Photo: Kindie Tesfaye/CIMMYT Climate change research in Ethiopia must be nationally relevant for research outputs to be used broadly – from farms to influencing policy – a CIMMYT res …


Partnerships deliver drought-tolerant maize to African farmers

October 16, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Partners from 13 countries working with the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project said they benefitted from its help during the 201 …