Archive for October, 2015

Winners of the 2015 World Food Prize announced

October 28, 2015

Based on information from the Sustainable Intensification Program Science Dissemination Team Photo: World Food Prize winner Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. Photo courtesy of worldfoodprize. “It is difficult to …


WPEP’s 2015 Annual Planning Meeting

October 28, 2015

WPEPs Annual Planning Meeting-3The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program (WPEP), funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), held its annual wheat planning meeting organized by Paki …


CIMMYT empowers a new generation of maize breeders in Zambia

October 28, 2015

CIMMYT conducted a training course in Zambia for maize breeders teaching modern maize breeding methods.


Big data for development research

October 27, 2015

Both private and public sector research organizations must adopt data management strategies that keep up with the advent of big data if we hope to effectively and accurately conduct research.


DG Martin Kropff’s 100 day perspective

October 26, 2015

Martin Kropff, CIMMYT Director General, emphasized CIMMYT’s achievements and new ways forward during a talk commemorating his first 100 days as DG, at CIMMYT headquarters in El Batбn, Mexico, on 20 Oc …


Yield gap analysis key to meeting future crop demand

October 23, 2015

The Global Yield Gap Atlas (GYGA) can help identify where major crop yields are not increasing fast enough to meet demand on existing farmland, and how farmers might close those gaps.


CIMMYT delegation meets with Turkey’s Minister of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock

October 23, 2015

Minister Kutbeddin Arzu presenting a traditional ceramic plate symbolizing wheat and fertility to CIMMYT DG Martin Kropff. Photo: Alexey Morgunov In October CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff, BOT …


Building India’s national capacity in conservation agriculture

October 23, 2015

Participants received hands-on training on CA technologies and visited several participatory and strategic trials. Photo: Kiranjot Kaur/CIMMYT. It is estimated that as of 2013, nearly 1.5 million hect …


WPEP enhances the capacity of national researchers and ensures quality wheat seed production in Pakistan

October 23, 2015

Imtiaz Muhammad addresses the opening session. Photo: CIMMYT-Pakistan. The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program (WPEP) held a training course on national seed technology, organized by CIMMYT in part …


CIMMYT Annual Report 2014 ‘Turning research into impact’ now available online

October 21, 2015

CIMMYT Annual Report 2014 ‘Turning research into impact’ now available online Looking to the future for maize and wheat, projections hold that farmers will need to grow at least 60 percent more grain …


Drought-tolerant maize to the rescue as hunger threatens 1.5 million in Zimbabwe

October 21, 2015

CIMMYT and its partners are working to increase the productivity of maize-based farming systems to ensure food security and increase incomes.


Global conference underscores complex socio-economic role of wheat

October 20, 2015

A recent gathering of more than 600 scientists highlighted the complexity of wheat as a crop and emphasized the key role wheat research plays in ensuring global food security.


CIMMYT wheat breeder Ravi Singh wins China’s Friendship Award

October 19, 2015

Gains in China’s agricultural productivity over the past 30 years are due in large measure to smallholder farmers who have readily adopted innovative farming practices.


Global yield gaps for maize and wheat

October 19, 2015

A yield gap refers to the difference between how much food a farm actually produces and how much food it would be capable of producing if appropriate practices, inputs, technologies and knowledge were …


CSISA wheat breeders plan for future gains in South Asia

October 19, 2015

Participants from four south Asian countries attended CSISA’s annual review meeting at Karnal, India. Photo: Bal Kishan Bhonsle The growing interest of national agriculture research system (NARS) of S …


Transforming maize farming failures to successes in Kenya’s drylands

October 17, 2015

KDV4 is one of the DT varieties sold in Kenya’s eastern drylands alongside other improved varieties, developed by CIMMYT.


Changing the pace of maize breeding in Africa through doubled-haploid technology

October 16, 2015

Two words – accelerated breeding – are synonymous to doubled-haploid (DH) based maize breeding. This was the core message shared with 56 maize breeders from 10 African countries who recently participa …


New cookbook features your favorite maize and wheat recipes

October 14, 2015

Crowd-sourced “A Grain a Day” cookbook released to coincide with World Food Day highlights significant role maize and wheat play in the human diet.


5th International Cereal Nematode Initiative Workshop

October 13, 2015

Photo: Participants signing in at the registration desk. Photo: Deliang Peng The 5th International Cereal Nematode Initiative (ICNI) Workshop was held in Ankara, Turkey, on 12-16 September 2015. Durin …


SADC ambassadors hear how CIMMYT-SARO is helping to achieve regional food security

October 13, 2015

CIMMYT seed system specialist presents achievements in southern Africa food security to regional ambassadors in Harare, Zimbabwe.