Archive for June, 2014

CIMMYT to conduct exchange program with Chinese Agricultural University

June 30, 2014

By Karen Willenbrecht/CIMMYT Chinese scientists will have more opportunities to learn from and apply CIMMYT’s research thanks to an agreement signed 16 June between CIMMYT and Yunnan Agricultural Univ …


Predominance of informal seed systems in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pakistan: a wake-up call for improvement

June 27, 2014

By Krishna Dev Joshi, Muhammad Imtiaz and Akhlaq Hussain/CIMMYT Improving and sustaining wheat productivity gains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KP) and other parts of Pakistan is vital to addressing …


New technologies help Indian farmers improve nutrient management

June 26, 2014

By ML Jat, RS Dadarwal, Tripti Agarwal and Love Kumar Singh/CIMMYT In the intensively cropped region of northwest India, farmers generally use imbalanced and inappropriate nutrient doses, which leads …


Former CIMMYT Global Wheat Program Director wins 2014 World Food Prize

June 26, 2014

By Miriam Shindler/CIMMYT CIMMYT is delighted that the World Food Prize 2014 has been awarded to distinguished wheat breeder Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram for his achievements in plant research and food product …


First SRFSI strategic planning meeting

June 24, 2014

By Mahesh Gathala and Pat Wall/CIMMYT A new project designed to improve farming systems in Bangladesh, India and Nepal kicked off work with a strategic planning meeting 19-21 May in New Delhi. The Sus …


Wheat Field Day in Georgia

June 24, 2014

By Alexei Morgounov/CIMMYT Georgia has high soil fertility and good agro-environmental conditions for growing wheat, yet the country imports most of the grain it needs. To help make Georgia’s agricult …


Course gives managers better understanding of seed business

June 23, 2014

By Diriba Hika/CIMMYT A training session on seed business management gave Ethiopian agriculture managers a deeper knowledge that they said would enable them to help fill the gap in the supply of quali …


Workshop gives agronomists tips on writing for scientific journals

June 23, 2014

By Isaiah Nyagumbo/CIMMYT Agronomy scientists got practical, hands-on advice on translating their research data into credible scientific publications during a five-day workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe. Th …


Improving women farmer’s access to agricultural information and training in India

June 20, 2014

By Anuradha Dhar/CIMMYT On a hot summer day in the Muzaffarpur District of Bihar State, India, 345 women farmers gathered to talk about the challenges they face in agriculture with a visiting team fro …


CIMMYT and the Canadian wheat alliance join forces to fight durum wheat diseases

June 19, 2014

By Mike Listman/CIMMYT CIMMYT and the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) launched a collaboration on 9 June to apply genomics-assisted breeding to develop new durum wheat varieties that are more resistant …


New agreement with Mexican government will allow MasAgro to continue its groundbreaking work

June 19, 2014

Photo: Conservation Agriculture Program staff Dr. Thomas Lumpkin/CIMMYT Director General Mexico is seen by many as one of the strongest emerging economies, with a high GDP and strong purchasing power …


CIMMYT maize projects creating synergies for enhanced impacts in South Asia

June 13, 2014

By AbduRahman Beshir and P.H. Zaidi/CIMMYT South Asia is particularly vulnerable to climate fluctuations, and extreme weather conditions can cause abiotic stress in rain-fed crops such as maize. Recog …


CIMMYT promotes the role of women in agriculture at Pakistan maize conference

June 12, 2014

By AbduRahman Beshir and Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT Dr. Imtiaz Muhammad, CIMMYT country representative for Pakistan, urged academics to encourage women to pursue agricultural careers during his keynote sp …


The boom-bust cycle of rust resistance genes continues unabated in western China, but CIMMYT lines mostly unaffected

June 11, 2014

By Garry Rosewarne/CIMMYT Pi’Xian yield trials of Chinese-bred, CIMMYT-derived stem rust lines (above) and the National Yield Trials (below) in the 2013-14 season that was particularly bad for lodging …


Afghan researchers learn the essentials of wheat rust management

June 10, 2014

By Rajiv Sharma/CIMMYT Wheat has been receiving a lot of attention ever since new races of destructive fungi emerged, threatening the world’s second most important food crop. The onslaught of stem rus …


Mid-career scientists get new tools for big data analysis

June 10, 2014

By Raman Babu & BS Vivek/CIMMYT “It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics,” George Bernard Shaw once said, and the 56 maize researchers who attended a mid-career refr …


Seed summit aims to improve delivery of high-yielding varieties to farmers in eastern India

June 9, 2014

By Anuradha Dhar Strategies to make improved seed varieties more appealing and available to India’s farmers were the focus of the Seed Summit for Enhancing the Seed Supply Chain in Eastern India, held …


AIP-maize establishes public-private variety evaluation network in Pakistan

June 9, 2014

By AbduRahman Beshir Issa/CIMMYT The maize component of the recently launched Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan has created a public-private network to evaluate CIMMYT international t …


Putting up resistance

June 5, 2014

Dr. Ravi Singh, a CIMMYT Distinguished Scientist and Head-Bread Wheat Improvement & Rust Research, was recently profiled for his work with wheat in the article “Putting Up Resistance,” which appea …


NuME gender equity strategy approved

June 5, 2014

Photo: Seifu Mahifere By Mulunesh Tsegaye/CIMMYT A comprehensive gender equity strategy for the NuME project has received approval from both the donor and the project steering committee. The strategy …