Archive for December, 2013

Programming language helps crop data analysis

December 13, 2013

By Luis Narro/CIMMYT The computer programming language “R” can help crop researchers with data analysis and interpretation, students learned during a course on the tool this month. Held at the Nationa …


MasAgro offers “genetic insurance” for maize and wheat

December 12, 2013

By Ricardo Curiel /CIMMYT CIMMYT work in Mexico could provide safeguards against climate change challenges. Eighty maize and wheat experts met in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico from 21 to 23 Octob …


Pocket sensors for precision agriculture to reach Ethiopian farmers

December 11, 2013

By Hae Koo Kim/CIMMYT A new pocket-sized sensor could bring precision agriculture within reach of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia. Precision agriculture uses data from high-tech observations to assess …


Australian ambassador visits program in Ethiopia

December 10, 2013

By Dagne Wegary/CIMMYT The Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia paid her first visit to a CIMMYT program this month and commended efforts to improve livelihoods in resource-poor rural households. On her …


China: farmers benefit from knowledge transfer

December 9, 2013

By Jack McHugh /CIMMYT Jack McHugh, CIMMYT, and Yuan Hanmin, NAAFS, introduce participants to conservation agriculture in Litong district. The presentation was organized and supported by Bei Bing (in …


Turkey hosts global plant breeding congress

December 7, 2013

By Alexey Morgounov/CIMMYT More than 650 people from 75 countries attended the International Plant Breeding Congress in Antalya, Turkey, from 11 to 14 November. The congress was organized by the Turki …


Seed technologists benefit from production training

December 5, 2013

By Adefris Teklewold and Dagne Wegary Developing Ethiopia’s seed sector can help bring quality protein maize (QPM) to people at risk of protein deficiencies, participants in a seed production training …


Improved maize varieties demonstrated in Mexico

December 4, 2013

By Guillermina Sosa Mendoza/CIMMYT Members of the collaborative network to test and share CIMMYT experimental maize lines and varieties for Mexico’s highlands learned about the latest improved materia …


Collaboration to combat a common climate challenge

December 3, 2013

By Emma Quilligan/CIMMYT More than 70 experts on maize, millet, rice, sorghum and wheat identified cross-cutting priorities and goals to address climate change, one of the most pressing issues for foo …