Archive for July, 2014

CIMMYT-led climate project is finalist at Asia Mobile Tech Awards

July 30, 2014

By Katie Lutz  A CIMMYT-led project was named as a finalist for the 2014 mBillionth Award South Asia thanks to its mobile platform that helps farmers adapt to changing climate conditions. “Disseminati …


Affordable drought-tolerant maize for small holder farmers

July 30, 2014

By Anita Mins There is a growing need for drought-tolerant maize cultivars among smallholder farmers in developing countries, particularly in Asia where the cultivars’ development is a technical reali …


IMAS technical staff undergo training to manage risks during confined field trials

July 29, 2014

Participants mark the field during the practical segment of the training session. Picture: Titus Kosgei/CIMMYT By Florence Sipalla Ten members of the technical staff from the Improved Maize for Africa …


Climate-smart villages in Indian Punjab are heading for resilient farming

July 29, 2014

CIMMYT, with financial support from the CCAFS South Asia regional program, recently initiated climate-smart village (CSV) pilots in Punjab State, India.


CIMMYT-CCAFS scientists identify maize varieties that can withstand drought and high temperatures in Zimbabwe

July 28, 2014

By Florence Sipalla and Jill Cairns/CIMMYT Schoolchildren singing a song they composed about climate change and agriculture at a field day in Gokwe, Zimbabwe. CIMMYT scientists working on the CGIAR Re …


IMAS technical staff undergo training to manage risks during confined field trials

July 25, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Ten members of the technical staff from the Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS) project joined their counterparts from the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) projec …


Smart tools for farmers in South Asia to help increase yield

July 24, 2014

By Anuradha Dhar/CIMMYT In South Asia, 90 percent of smallholder farmers using fertilizer lack access to soil testing services. Due to blanket recommendations, the application of nutrients is not well …


CIAT and CIMMYT complete genetic analysis and plant breeding course in Colombia

July 23, 2014

By Luis Narro and Janeth Bolaños/ CIMMYT Dr. Jiankang Wang planted a bread tree at the end of the course, which is a CIAT tradition to mark the close of an international training course. CIMMYT’s offi …


World Food Prize winner Rajaram: farmers and training are critical for wheat yields

July 22, 2014

By Mike Listman/CIMMYT   Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, center, joined Nuria Urquía Fernández, left, representative in Mexico of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and Raúl Urtea …


Boosting productivity of smallholder farms in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

July 18, 2014

By Mahesh Gathala, TP Tiwari, Pat Wall/CIMMYT CIMMYT will lead a new research initiative to make agriculture more productive, profitable   and sustainable for smallholder farmers in the Eastern Ganget …


SIMLESA Phase II up and running

July 18, 2014

By Gift Mashango and Mekuria Mulugetta Members of the project management committee discussed SIMLESA’s second phase during a 1 July planning meeting in Addis Ababa. Phase II of the Sustainable Intensi …


CIMMYT Maize Program scientists assist African plant breeding academy training program in Kenya

July 17, 2014

By B.M. Prasanna and Rita Mumm/CIMMYT The first group to take part in the African Plant Breeding Academy training program included 24 scientists from 11 countries in Africa. The African Plant Breeding …


Indian organizations honor Rajaram for World Food Prize win

July 16, 2014

By Gurdev Singh/CIMMYT Dr. S. Ayyappan, director general of ICAR, honored Rajaram as “the best living wheat scientist in the world today.” Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram was on board a flight to New Delhi on 18 …


Bolivia and CIMMYT partner to boost sustainable grain production

July 15, 2014

By Ricardo Curiel/CIMMYT  Nemesia Achacollo, Bolivia’s Minister of Rural Development and Land, joined CIMMYT Director General Dr. Thomas A. Lumpkin in the lobby of the Borlaug building during her visi …


Economist: ‘You may never have heard about CGIAR, but you need to care about it’

July 11, 2014

By Carissa Wodehouse/CIMMYT Visiting Fellow Richard Woodward of the Sheffield Political Economy Research  Institute (SPERI) recently wrote a blog post titled “The CGIAR: The Most  Important Internatio …


CIMMYT and Punjab agricultural research institutions partner to introduce multi-crop bed planter

July 10, 2014

By Imtiaz Hussain and Hafiz Nasrullah/CIMMYT Farmers visiting cotton planted on wide beds with the planter. CIMMYT and the Punjab Department of Agriculture Research have introduced a multi-crop bed pl …


World Food Prize winner boosts wheat training at CIMMYT

July 10, 2014

By Karen Willenbrecht/CIMMYT  This classic photo of Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, left, and Dr. Norman Borlaug studying data at the Ciudad Obregón experiment station in the 1990s was taken by Gene Hettel of th …


Climate-smart villages: the framework

July 3, 2014

Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) in Haryana, India, are prioritizing and promoting climate-smart agriculture (CSA) interventions. Through the work of CIMMYT and its partners, the CGIAR Research Program o …


Syngenta scientists visit CIMMYT–Turkey Seed Program

July 2, 2014

By Abdelfattah A. Dababat and Dietrich Hermann/CIMMYT CIMMYT has been working with agriculture research institutes in Turkey since the mid-1980s, focusing on developing germplasm that is broadly adapt …


Farmers in southern Africa reap benefits of conservation agriculture

July 1, 2014

CIMMYT’S Global Conservation Agriculture Program Manager, Irene Christiansen, received a first-hand look at the benefits and challenges of practicing conservation agriculture (CA) in southern Africa d …