Archive for September, 2015

Tackling wheat rust diseases requires $108 million a year, study shows

September 30, 2015

Despite efforts to develop wheat resistant to stem, stripe and leaf rusts, the diseases will continue to thwart scientists, making ongoing funding vital, a top economist has said.


Zero-till wheat raises farmers’ incomes in eastern India, research shows

September 30, 2015

Photo Credit: Vinaynath Reddy / CIMMYT In a study published last month in Food Security, CIMMYT researchers reported that wheat farmers’ total annual income increased by 6% on average with the introdu …


Robert Zeigler

September 30, 2015

Lessons and opportunities from a commodity CGIAR center in times of change: reflecting on my IRRI era and possible implications for CIMMYT ​International Rice Research Institute ​Date: ​Wednesday, 19 …


Minimizing yield losses via conservation agriculture

September 28, 2015

Last year, climatic variability such as untimely rainfall was devastating in northwest India. Mid-season rainfall resulted in massive yield losses during winter 2014-15. Starting that season, a case s …


Empowering women in agriculture through SIMLESA

September 23, 2015

CIMMYT and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa host a five-day gender training workshop in Pretoria, South Africa.


Rebuilding livelihoods: CIMMYT supports agricultural recovery in Nepal

September 23, 2015

Farmer uses a mini-tiller in mid-west region of Nepal CSISA The recent 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, followed by a 7.3 magnitude aftershock on 12 May and several hundred addi …


Women in Triticum award winners reflect “diversity and talent”

September 22, 2015

Women who show significant leadership potential receive the Women of Triticum Award at the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Conference.


Bhutan releases its first winter wheat variety

September 21, 2015

In Bhutan, wheat is an important cereal for farmers at high altitudes, where its area of cultivation is considerable. However, in recent years, the winter wheat area has declined owing to numerous cir …


Videos sharpen Bangladeshi farmers’ interest in farm mechanization

September 21, 2015

Quality video can be an effective way of enhancing training messages and sharing complex agronomic information with a large audience. The USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia-Mechanis …


Statistical support for the Turkish wheat community

September 21, 2015

The soilborne pathogens (SBP) program at CIMMYT-Turkey, a Grain Research Development Corporation (GRDC) funded project, hosted two biometricians from the GRDC project Statistics for the Australian Gra …


Improved sowing for a quality harvest: certified maize seed production training in Celaya

September 21, 2015

Representatives of Mexican maize seed companies attended a training course on certified maize seed production in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, from 17-20 August 2015. Based on seed companies’ training r …


CIMMYT goes to college

September 21, 2015

For the past two years, Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, has been using two CIMMYT manuals as a resource in its Agrilife Research Department undergraduate program. Students in Crop …


The world’s largest maize ear contest 2015

September 21, 2015

Scientist Denise Costich describes her experience as a judge in the contest to find “The World’s Largest Maize Ear” held in Jala, Nayarit, Mexico.


Sustainable intensification in China: doing more with less

September 21, 2015

Transplanting rice seedlings into ZT wheat stubble in Litong, China. Photo: Yuan Hanmin As part of CIMMYT’s ongoing collaboration with the Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences and the …


Why GM wheat may be the key to stave off world hunger

September 21, 2015

Unless global policymakers redouble their efforts to properly support a strategy to ensure a future food supply, the current hunger crisis threatens only to get worse.


CGIAR open letter to the heads of state attending the 70th UN General Assembly

September 21, 2015

Martin Kropff and John Snape joined leaders from CGIAR centers worldwide in an open letter to the heads of state at the 70th UN General Assembly in New York.


Impacts of international wheat improvement research: 1994 – 2014

September 21, 2015

Improved wheat varieties developed using CGIAR breeding lines, either in cross-pollinations or as direct releases, cover more than 100 million hectares — nearly two-thirds of the area sown to improved …


Smart mechanization is a continuous improvement process: the case of a conservation agriculture machinery manufacturer

September 21, 2015

Martín Sánchez develops machines for conservation agriculture based on CIMMYT prototypes. The building of local capacities is one of the objectives MasAgro pursues to achieve the adoption of conservat …


GCAP to become Sustainable Intensification Program (SIP)

September 18, 2015

Conservation agriculture has been a major focus of CIMMYT research, positioning the Center as a world scientific leader in the area. Following a recent internal consultation and discussions with Progr …


Scientists to detail state of Ug99 food security threat at Sydney meeting

September 18, 2015

Wheat farmers are facing troubles on various fronts, particularly the threat of devastating disease.