Archive for May, 2014

CIMMYT to help enhance wheat productivity in Iran

May 31, 2014

By M.R. Jalal-Kamali/CIMMYT CIMMYT will assist Iran with a new pilot plan to increase wheat production and will upgrade its office there to a Regional Research and Training Center, under agreements re …


Adoption Pathways project strengthens partnership with Kenya’s Egerton University

May 30, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT and Kenya’s Egerton University have agreed to strengthen their research collaboration, policy formulation and data sharing and to engage more graduate students in dat …


CIMMYT, Oak Ridge scientists collaborate on food security challenges

May 29, 2014

Carissa Wodehouse/CIMMYT On 20-22 May, CIMMYT hosted a summit with researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a U.S. Department of Energy facility that is the largest multipurpose science …


Launch of Invest in LAC Agriculture campaign: strong support for CIMMYT work in Mexico

May 28, 2014

By Ricardo Curiel The Invest in LAC Agriculture campaign kicked off 13 May to encourage increased investment and unlock the grain production potential of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The reg …


Harare station holds field day

May 26, 2014

By Cosmos Magorokosho, Mulugetta Mekuria and Tawanda Mushandu/CIMMYT A strong hailstorm that ravaged the CIMMYT research station in Harare turned out to be an unplanned but effective demonstration for …


Afriseed partnership brings hybrid seeds to small farms in Zambia

May 23, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Afriseeds´ David Lungu displays a cob of the company’s maize at an outgrower’s farm in Chongwe, Zambia. Photos: Florence Sipalla Seed companies play an important role in pro …


Update: CIMMYT maize inbred lines and pre-commercial hybrids with potential resistance to maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

May 22, 2014

By B.M. Prasanna/CIMMYT Since 2011 MLN has become a disease of serious concern in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and possibly Rwanda. CIMMYT has been working in close collaboration with the Kenya Agricultura …


“A taste of the new CIMMYT”: DG shares vision with fund council

May 21, 2014

By Karen Willenbrecht/CIMMYT Dr. Thomas A. Lumpkin, CIMMYT director general, welcomed members of the CGIAR Fund Council to the El Batán campus on 9 May by promising them “a taste of the new CIMMYT.” T …


BMGF representative visits El Batán

May 15, 2014

Anderson with Dr. Thomas Lumpkin, CIMMYT director general, in the main lobby. Pamela Anderson, director of agricultural development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, visited the CIMMYT campu …


MasAgro shows maize seed advances to Mexico seed sector

May 14, 2014

Seed producers learn about new technology at a MasAgro event. Photo: Alberto Chassaigne/CIMMYT By Alberto Chassaigne/CIMMYT Representatives of Mexico’s national seed sector attended two MasAgro maize …


New facility opens in Agua Fría, Mexico

May 14, 2014

Nemesia Achacollo, Bolivia’s Minister of Land and Rural Development, and B.M. Prasanna (center left front with tan hat), director of the Global Maize Program, inaugurate a new facility. Photo: Guiller …


Rust-resistant wheat released for Central and West Asia

May 13, 2014

  The new variety Yusufi was released in Tajikistan for 2014. Photo: Hafiz Mumidjanov In 2013-2014, numerous new rust-resistant wheat varieties that are high yielding and broadly adapted were rel …


Update: CIMMYT maize inbred lines and pre-commercial hybrids with potential resistance to maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

May 13, 2014

Since 2011 MLN has become a disease of serious concern in the east African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and possibly Rwanda. CIMMYT has been working in close collaboration with the Kenya Agric …


ICAR-CIMMYT wheat field days at BISA, India

May 13, 2014

By Arun Joshi, Ravi Singh, R. Valluru and Uttam Kumar/CIMMYT Wheat researchers in India learned about CIMMYT’s newest advanced wheat lines during field days this spring at each of the locations of the …


Jeanie Borlaug visits Central Asia

May 12, 2014

By Linda McCandless/The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative  Continuing the year-long celebration of what would have been Norman Borlaug’s 100th birthday, his daughter, Jeanie Borlaug, visited wheat resear …


CIMMYT-Pakistan supports training on physiological breeding

May 10, 2014

By Noor Muhammad and Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT CIMMYT-Pakistan, in collaboration with the Wheat Research Institute (WRI), Faisalabad, conducted a hands-on training workshop on the use of sensor-based tec …


CIMMYT-Pakistan: modernizing national wheat breeding programs

May 10, 2014

By Yahya Rauf and Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT In collaboration with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), CIMMYT organized a ceremony at the Natio …


Researchers learn use of equipment for improved phenotyping

May 10, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Andrew Chavangi demonstrates the use of a seed counter. Amini Mataka, a research officer for CIMMYT’s Southern Africa Regional Office in Zimbabwe, was one of many Water Effici …


Supporting sustainable intensification by tracking farmers’ adoption patterns

May 9, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Identifying the socioeconomic constraints farmers face in adopting a technology is central to ensuring they adopt it sustainably. This is the work that the Pathways to Susta …


Maize-free window to curb spread of disease in Kenya

May 9, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Buoyed by the success of a campaign to curb the spread of maize lethal necrosis (MLN), the farming community around the Kiboko Crops Research Station in Makueni County, Kenya, …