Archive for February, 2015

No scientific basis for criticism of wheat as a food staple, nutritionist says

February 23, 2015

A nutritionist wants to dispel myths generated by claims that the protein found in wheat is unhealthy.


Opportunity: integrating gender in crop research today!

February 23, 2015

CIMMYT Gender Specialist Lone Badstue attended a CGIAR Gender Network meeting in the Philippines during 19-23 January. Participants discussed CGIAR’s progress and results in gender research, along wit …


USAID’s Feed the Future initiative highlights CIMMYT heat tolerant maize breeding

February 23, 2015

The Feed the Future initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) featured CIMMYT’s Heat Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA) project in a recent newsletter, highlighting it as an exem …


Extension bulletins raise awareness of conservation agriculture in Malawi

February 23, 2015

CIMMYT, Washington State University and Total Land Care (TLC) recently published a series of extension bulletins to spread awareness of the potential benefits of conservation agriculture (CA) techniqu …


Prioritize food security, not conflict, wheat scientist advises

February 23, 2015

Heat and drought are a major cause of wheat yield losses worldwide, problems that scientists predict will worsen due to climate change.


DTMA launches new project to improve seed scaling in Eastern Africa

February 23, 2015

Born out of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Initiative and other CIMMYT-Africa maize projects, the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling (DTMASS) project will improve the demand …


Chief Minister of Bihar assures support to BISA

February 23, 2015

The Chief Minister of Bihar, India, Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi, affirmed his support for the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) and its efforts to ensure food security, in a meeting with Thomas A. Lum …


Crop model gives scientists a window on future farming in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

February 23, 2015

In work to help farmers in South Asia tackle changing climates and markets through resilient and productive cropping systems, scientists are now using a leading and longstanding model, the Agricultura …


Spreading innovation: new partnerships drive change in Odisha

February 23, 2015

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) has collaborated with Digital Green (DG), the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Government of Odisha, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and Orissa Univer …


Myanmar and CIMMYT assess needs and joint maize and wheat research

February 23, 2015

Given growing demand for maize and wheat in Myanmar and the increasing challenges to produce both crops, officials of the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation’s (MOAI) Department of Agricult …


Two-wheel tractors to increase smallholder farm power in Ethiopia

February 19, 2015

For Ethiopian smallholder farmers who have for millennia used the traditional animal-drawn maresha plow, two-wheel tractors could increase their productivity while reducing labor.


CIMMYT formally welcomes four local workshops to the machinery and equipment innovation group

February 17, 2015

In 2014, the work of The Machinery and Equipment Innovation Group begun activities after signing of four contracts with four Mexican workshops.


MasAgro widens research platforms and innovation networks in Mexico

February 13, 2015

In 2014, the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) program expanded its rural development and innovation networks to 10 Mexican regions through 50 research platforms and 233 d …


“No burning in Chiapas” GCAP campaign

February 13, 2015

“To increase my production, I don’t burn residues; I use them. I practice conservation agriculture.” This slogan was promoted by CIMMYT’s Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) from March to M …


Index insurance to safeguard farmers from climate change

February 12, 2015

“We’ve got the germplasm and improved varieties, but what can we do to overcome the hurdle of farmer adoption of these technologies?” Jon Hellin, value chain and poverty specialist for CIMMYT’s Socioe …


CSISA hosts regional cross-learning event on sustainable intensification

February 10, 2015

Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) from Africa RISING speaks at the event. Developing a global ‘community of practice’ for sustainable intensification (SI …


Seed Company Management in Africa

February 10, 2015

We are happy to announce the online publication of the French and Portuguese translations (Gestion des entreprises semencières en Afrique and Gestão da Indústria de Sementes em África) of a book on se …


Kenya farmers deploy range of tactics to fight wheat stem rust

February 10, 2015

Farmers in Kenya are fighting a new strain of Ug99 wheat stem rust disease, which chokes nutrients in the stalk and stops wheat kernels from forming, putting incomes and food security at risk.


Index insurance to safeguard farmers from climate change

February 10, 2015

“We’ve got the germplasm and improved varieties, but what can we do to overcome the hurdle of farmer adoption of these technologies?” Jon Hellin, value chain and poverty specialist for CIMMYT’s Socioe …


Zero tillage for smallholder wheat farmers in Balochistan, Pakistan

February 10, 2015

Under the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan and in collaboration with Balochistan Agriculture Research, CIMMYT has begun testing and spreading with farmers the practice known as “zero …