Archive for February, 2014

Training builds research skills

February 26, 2014

By Rajiv Sharma /CIMMYT CIMMYT-Afghanistan organized a training event for staff from the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock …


Innovative farm machinery transforms agriculture in Bangladesh

February 25, 2014

By Anuradha Dhar/CIMMYT A new CIMMYT book, Made in Bangladesh: Scale-appropriate machinery for agricultural resource conservation, highlights the innovative machinery that can be used with two-wheeled …


The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: speaker spotlight

February 24, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Rachel Laudan learns how to use a grindstone (a Mexican metate). Photo courtesy of Rachel Laudan. Food historian Rachel Laudan will explain wheat’s impact on world history at the …


CIMMYT scientist attends global forum in Middle East

February 19, 2014

DTMA seed systems specialist Peter Setimela (right) with BBC journalist Stephen Sackur, who chaired the meeting’s opening session. Photo: Peter Setimela By Peter Setimela/CIMMYT CIMMYT Seed Systems Sp …


Appeal to aggressively promote metal silos and super grain bags in Malawi

February 19, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji /CIMMYT A government official in Malawi is urging extension officers and agro-dealers to promote metal silos and super grain bags to help reduce post-harvest grain losses, a serious …


Hill Maize Research Project IV welcomes new leader

February 18, 2014

By K.C. Dilli /CIMMYT The Hill Maize Research project (HMRP) commends the commitment, dedication and service of Guillermo Ortiz-Ferrara, who retired on 31 January after leading the project for nearly …


Maize interventions discussed in Pakistan

February 17, 2014

By AbduRahman Beshir/CIMMYT Partners with the Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan (AIP) are working to enhance availability and access to maize seeds and varieties. The AIP maize working grou …


Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: wheat research roundup

February 14, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT What do you know about wheat? The crop is the focus of the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, an event CIMMYT is hosting in March to celebrate what would have been the 10 …


CIMMYT partners to combat parasite

February 13, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT A partnership launched on 3 February by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation and led by the African Agricultural Techno …


Nutrient management tool wins award

February 12, 2014

By Sam Storr/CIMMYT A tool developed by CIMMYT and the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) offering site-specific nutrient management (SSNM) advice to help farmers achieve higher yields mor …


CIMMYT seed heads to the frozen north

February 11, 2014

By Miriam Shindler/CIMMYT CIMMYT’s Wellhausen-Anderson Gene Bank sent its fifth shipment of seed to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway last week for safeguarding. Thirty-four boxes containing ab …


Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

February 10, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT CIMMYT will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Norman Borlaug with the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security from 25 to 28 March. We’re recognizing his legac …


Improving food security: women start collective maize farming in tribal India

February 7, 2014

By Anuradha Dhar/CIMMYT Women farmers in the tribal villages of Odisha, eastern India, are increasing their yields through the use of hybrid seed varieties, new technologies and better agriculture pra …


Behind the science: researcher helps remote sensing soar

February 7, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Members of the wheat physiology group pose with a blimp used for aerial remote sensing. Since Maria Tattaris began working at CIMMYT two years ago, the blimp used by the wheat ph …


Scientist invited to top-level meeting

February 6, 2014

By Dan Jeffers/CIMMYT Dan Jeffers (second from the left) attends a meeting in the Great Hall of China. Source: CCTV13 A CIMMYT maize breeder participated in a prestigious meeting of foreign experts in …


CIMMYT contributes to capacity building for Kenyan seed companies

February 5, 2014

By Mosisa Worku Regasa/CIMMYT CIMMYT made strides in Kenya this month in training seed company teams who ensure that CIMMYT’s improved germplasm reaches farmers. CIMMYT’s seed systems team contributed …


Climate change mitigation: social learning in smallholder systems

February 4, 2014

By Tek Sapkota, Promil Kapoor and M.L. Jat, CIMMYT/CCAFS  The eastern Indo-Gangetic Plain in South Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. As part of propoor climate chan …


Machinery book published in Bangladesh

February 3, 2014

A new, open-source book on agricultural machinery in Bangladesh is now available online. Made in Bangladesh: Scale-appropriate machinery for agricultural resource conservation was written by authors f …