Archive for October, 2016

National maize stem borer mass rearing laboratory inaugurated in Pakistan

October 30, 2016

CIMMYT inaugurated the first national maize stem borer mass rearing laboratory at the National Agricultural Research Center in Islamabad on 25 October 2016.


World Food Prize presentation updates delegates on key contributions of MasAgro

October 27, 2016

Transforming subsistence agriculture and unsustainable farming systems into productive and sustainable operations has been the key focus of scientist Bram Govaerts, 2014 recipient of the Norman Borlau …


New Publications: How to better breed maize for future climates in Latin America

October 25, 2016

New study reveals findings to help increase drought and heat tolerance in Latin American maize.


Growing more with less: Improving productivity, resilience and sustainability in Africa

October 24, 2016

Sustainable intensification is helping farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa become more productive, while adapting to and mitigating climate change.


Strategizing for the future: adapting to a changing agricultural landscape

October 21, 2016

Forging major change is never simple, but one of my top priorities upon taking the helm at CIMMYT as director general last year was to develop a new five-year institutional strategy.


Gazing into the crystal ball at the future of food: Nutrient-dense maize and wheat

October 19, 2016

Diversity is important for finding traits that will allow maize and wheat to be more nutritious than they are already today and so aid in meeting the demands of the future, writes Gideon Kruseman, CIM …


Changing the conversation surrounding food and agriculture with Tamar Haspel

October 19, 2016

Tamar Haspel delivered a keynote address at a three-day conference hosted by CIMMYT to celebrate the nonprofit’s 50th anniversary.


Weeding out the losses: Striga challenges in Kenya

October 18, 2016

The Striga weed is one of the leading causes of crop loss in western Kenya, a significant dent to farmers’ livelihoods and major hindrance to food security in the area.


Empowering women to eliminate residue burning for better human and soil health

October 18, 2016

A leading NGO is working together with CIMMYT in India to generate awareness among women about climate-smart practices.


Tackle food insecurity with homegrown education, Food Prize delegates say

October 17, 2016

Africa must develop a strong educational infrastructure to address the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity, said experts at the World Food Prize.


Biofortification to fight “hidden hunger” in Zimbabwe

October 14, 2016

The goal of completely eradicating vitamin A deficiency – mainly in Africa and Southeast Asia – remains a big challenge.


New Publications: New findings on effects of tillage on growth, yield and more

October 13, 2016

A study from CIMMYT scientists has revealed new insights on the respective benefits of conventional tillage (CT) and zero tillage (ZT) in north-west India.


Wheat training foundation offers hope to end rural poverty

October 13, 2016

In her youth, Tunisian Manel Othmeni developed an interest in interacting with plants, a fascination that later grew into a passion for wheat research.


Private sector seed distribution vital for food security, World Food Prize delegates say

October 12, 2016

Public-private collaborations can deliver improved seeds to smallholder farmers faster, speeding up global efforts to meet food security targets.


Pakistani farmers adopt new and improved agronomic techniques

October 11, 2016

The Agricultural Innovation Program Agronomy’s annual meeting was held in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 2-3 August 2016.


Blindfold test shows taste bias for nutritious orange pro-vitamin A maize

October 10, 2016

“Hidden hunger” due to micronutrient deficiency is a big issue in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the most affected regions with 30% of the population undernourished.


Unpacking our biases for better gender research

October 7, 2016

Shelley Feldman, recently retired professor at Cornell University, gives a keynote speech on gender balance in agriculture at CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary conference. CIMMYT/Alfonso Arredondo. MEXICO CIT …


Rebuilding farmer livelihoods in earthquake-hit Nepal

October 7, 2016

CSISA’s Earthquake Recovery Support Program has helped more than 40,000 farmers in earthquake-hit areas of Nepal for over a year.


“CIMMYT 50” delegates tackle obstacles to achieving global food security

October 3, 2016

From the field to the laboratory, new technology plays a major part in the international effort to develop seeds and cropping systems that will help achieve food security.