Archive for March, 2014

Why farmers still grow maize land races: variety choices in eastern Zambia

March 31, 2014

By Jens A. Andersson and Peter Setimela/CIMMYT CIMMYT researchers in eastern Zambia have discovered that farmers continue to grow land races alongside new, higher-yielding varieties as a risk-avoidanc …


The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: 28 March

March 31, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Check out the Storify recap here. Speakers addressed visions for the future of wheat and agriculture research and improvement during the final day of the Borlaug Summit on Wheat …


The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: 27 March

March 28, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Check out the Storify recap here. Wheat’s importance in the world was the focus of day three of the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security. Wheat’s history, production needs a …


The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: 26 March

March 27, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Read the Storify recap here.   Today’s sessions at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security recognized Dr. Norman Borlaug’s legacy and the roles of wheat and wheat farm …


The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: 25 March

March 26, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT  Check out the Storify recap here!   Happy birthday, Norman Borlaug!   CIMMYT is celebrating 100 years of Norman Borlaug with the #Borlaug100 Summit on Wheat for Food S …


Farmer evaluation of QPM varieties critical to NuME project success

March 26, 2014

By Seifu Mahifere/CIMMYT   The Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia project (NuME) is working to promote quality protein maize (QPM) by making sure new varieties fit farmers’ specifications. The project …


Happy Birthday, Norman Borlaug!

March 26, 2014

Today, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center will celebrate what would have been Dr. Norman E. Borlaug’s 100th birthday with the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, which brings …


Conservation agriculture machinery arrives in Pakistan

March 24, 2014

By Imtiaz Hussain and Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT   CIMMYT’s Conservation Agriculture Program (CAP) is addressing the lack of good quality conservation agriculture (CA) seeders and multi-crop planters …


The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: speaker roundup

March 21, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT   More than 25 speakers will gather with nearly 700 participants in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, next week for the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, an event cel …


New initiative launched to enhance capacity of wheat scientists

March 21, 2014

By Yahya Rauf/CIMMYT   CIMMYT and USDA, in collaboration with the United States Education Foundation for Pakistan (USEFP), launched a capacity enhancement initiative in the form of a coaching cou …


Stress-resilient maize hybrids developed for Asian tropics

March 20, 2014

By K. Seetharam, M.T. Vinayan and P.H. Zaidi/CIMMYT   The development of maize germplasm with combined drought and water-logging tolerance and a strong product line ready for deployment in Asia’s …


Radio broadcasts spread maize technology in Ethiopia

March 17, 2014

By Seifu Mahifere/CIMMYT The Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia project (NuME) has launched a series of participatory radio campaigns in the country’s regional states as an innovative approach to spread me …


WEMA releases record number of maize varieties in Africa

March 14, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project is on-track to produce and distribute at least 25 drought-tolerant maize hybrids for farmers in Kenya, Mozambique, South Af …


The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: wheat facts and fiction

March 13, 2014

The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug while addressing wheat’s role in food security today. The event will take place in Ciudad Obregón …


Climate smart villages: local adaption to promote climate smart agriculture

March 13, 2014

By M.L. Jat, Tripti Agarwal, R.S. Dadarwal and Promil Kapur/ CIMMYT and CCAFS To witness firsthand the mainstreaming of climate-smart agriculture practices and innovative community-based adaptation st …


Pioneering advocate of innovation, resource conservation and technology adoption visits South Asia

March 12, 2014

By Andrew McDonald/CIMMYT   A former CIMMYT scientist recently returned to South Asia to share his expertise in conservation agriculture.   Peter Hobbs worked for CIMMYT as a regional agrono …


India festival takes technology to farmers

March 12, 2014

By Raj Kumar Jat, M.L. Jat, R. Valluru, Raju Singh, Nikhil Singh, Jagman Dhillon and Raj Gupta/CIMMYT    A day-long “FarmFest” hosted by the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) allowed farmers to …


Limagrain and CIMMYT collaborate on maize doubled haploid technology

March 11, 2014

By Vijay Chaikam/CIMMYT CIMMYT’s intensive efforts in developing and deploying tropicalized haploid inducers and their potential impact on doubled haploid (DH) line development in tropical genetic bac …


The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: Borlaug buzz

March 11, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Dr. Norman Borlaug’s research, the impacts of the Green Revolution and the state of food security today are garnering attention as the world prepares to celebrate what would have …


Seed systems team strategizes and plans for Africa

March 10, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT   The CIMMYT-Africa seed systems team met in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 February to take stock of progress in 2013, identify challenges and brainstorm on turning those challe …