Archive for April, 2016

SIMLESA meeting reveals many successes, gears up for phase II

April 29, 2016

SIMLESA discusses progress, achievements, and ways forward through 2018 at annual meeting.


New varieties reignite maize production in Pakistan

April 29, 2016

New maize varieties have the potential to increase production, enhance nutrition and strengthen national industry in Pakistan.


Global wheat breeding returns billions in benefits but stable financing remains elusive

April 27, 2016

What do a chapati, a matza, or couscous have in common? The answer is wheat, which is a source for one-fifth of the calories and protein consumed globally.


Donors push for sustainable agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

April 26, 2016

CIMMYT joins global partnership to find sustainable solutions to agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean.


CIMMYT kicks off 50th anniversary celebrations in southern Africa

April 26, 2016

CIMMYT’s Southern Africa regional office celebrated 50 years of agriculture research for development in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Iran tackles environmental challenges with new approach to cropping systems

April 25, 2016

Water shortages and decade long drought are mobilizing Iran find new approaches to agriculture.


Award recognizes agronomist Ram Malik for successes in India’s rice-wheat systems

April 22, 2016

Ram Kanwar Malik recognized for 30 years of improving India’s rice-wheat systems.


Millions of smallholders in Africa benefit from climate resilient drought-tolerant maize

April 21, 2016

At least 40 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are profiting from more than 200 new drought-tolerant varieties of maize.


National fair highlights agricultural developments in India

April 20, 2016

Thousands attend India’s national agricultural fair to discover the latest crop varieties and technological advancements in the country.


On Roman Robigalia Day, scientists size up battle against centuries-old wheat rust disease

April 18, 2016

For the Romans, the agricultural festival Robigalia celebrated each year on April 25 was dedicated to appeasing the rust god “Robigus,” known also as the goddess “Robigo.


Global wheat community discusses research, partnerships at Obregon pilgrimage

April 14, 2016

For hundreds of international agricultural development experts, an annual gathering in northern Mexico provides a vital platform for sharing and debating the latest wheat breeding news and research.


“Farmers recommend,” a participative proposal by MasAgro Guanajuato

April 12, 2016

 For a month and a half, farmers in Guanajuato shared their experiences with sustainable agriculture.


New Publications: Red root marker improves double haploid maize breeding

April 12, 2016

Improved marker identification discovered in new study by the MAIZE CGIAR Research Program .


Tackling challenges to cereal production through cross-crop collaborations

April 11, 2016

Cropping systems can become more resilient in the face of climate change through better coordination and standardization.


Will El Niño be a wake-up call to invest in food security solutions?

April 8, 2016

In southern Africa close to 50 million people are projected to be affected by droughts caused by the current El Niño, write CIMMYT scientists.


AIP Pakistan institutes surveys to enhance effective interventions

April 7, 2016

AIP meets to review progress and plan follow up surveys to address farmer demands and future challenges.


Tackling spread of wheat blast in Bangladesh

April 6, 2016

CIMMYT Director General travels to Bangladesh to tackle wheat blast and other activities key to maintaining food security in the country.


Global wheat breeding provides billions in benefits, CIMMYT study shows

April 5, 2016

Almost half the world’s wheat land is sown to varieties that come directly or indirectly from research by CGIAR scientists, according to a new report.


Combating malnutrition: a new zinc-rich variety of wheat

April 4, 2016

New high-zinc varieties of wheat can help improve diets in some parts of India, scientists V.K. Mishra, Ramash Chand and Arun Joshi write in The Indian Express newspaper.


Keeping virulent wheat diseases in check amid pressures of climate change

April 1, 2016

Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat is a new project that aims to mitigate climate change threats to wheat and develop disease-resistant and heat-tolerant varieties, writes Cornell’s Ronnie Coffman.