Archive for February, 2017

Breaking Ground: Xuecai Zhang prepares future generation of crop breeders

February 28, 2017

Xuecai Zhang wants to merge traditional maize breeding methods with new software and other tools to help improve farmers’ yields faster than ever.


“Young Scientist Award” winner fights hidden hunger with high zinc wheat

February 27, 2017

A scientist who has advanced the development of nutrient-rich wheat varieties with higher yield potential, disease resistance and improved traits wins Young Scientist Award for Agriculture.


Stronger African seed sector to benefit smallholder farmers and economy

February 23, 2017

Despite its large-scale impact across Africa, smallholder farming largely remains a low technology, subsistence activity.


Scientists tackle deadly fall armyworm infestation devastating maize in southern Africa

February 23, 2017

Smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa are facing a new threat as a plague of intrepid fall armyworms creeps across the region, so far damaging an estimated 287,000 hectares of maize.


New Publications: Study shows benefits and trade-offs of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

February 23, 2017

CIMMYT with other partners combined empirical data and results from a cropping system model to quantify benefits and trade-offs of CA in southern Africa.


Pakistan releases first quality protein maize varieties

February 23, 2017

Pakistan is releasing quality protein maize for commercial consumption, which could help boost nutrition across the country where nearly half of all children are chronically malnourished.


Breaking Ground: Monica Mezzalama keeps vital check on seed health and biosafety

February 22, 2017

Plant pathology expert Monica Mezzalama shares on keeping biosafety and seed health in check at CIMMYT.


Scientists in Afghanistan set new program to raise wheat harvests

February 17, 2017

Inadequate access to new disease-resistant varieties and short supplies of certified seed are holding up wheat harvesting and contributing to rising food insecurity in Afghanistan.


Radio broadcast highlights maize improvement in Pakistan

February 16, 2017

Public and private sector maize stakeholders came together to discuss CIMMYT’s maize interventions and innovations in Pakistan during a recent radio interview.


Q+A: Scientist Thokozile Ndhlela inspires girls in Africa to embrace agriculture careers

February 16, 2017

CIMMYT maize breeder Thokozile Ndhlela interviewed on career and inspiring girls in Africa to embrace agriculture.


Breaking Ground: Cesar Petroli on data-driven use of maize genetic diversity

February 15, 2017

Access to genetic data can revolutionize research partnerships and lead to major benefits for crop breeders aiming to help smallholder farmers boost yields, says geneticist Cesar Petroli.


Surveillance training to control wheat blast in Bangladesh

February 14, 2017

40 wheat pathologists, breeders and agronomists gathered to combat wheat blast at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) at Gazipur, Bangladesh.


Ugandan farmer boosts profits from improved maize

February 13, 2017

Sam Olum started commercial maize farming three years ago in Lira District, situated approximately 340 km north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.


CIMMYT scientist takes lead role in American Agronomy Society’s sustainable intensification community

February 13, 2017

Timothy Krupnik, systems agronomist at CIMMYT, leads the Sustainable Intensification community of the American Society for Agronomy’s Environmental Quality section.


Klein Karoo’s business knowledge winning in Mozambique

February 10, 2017

Despite struggles to reclaim its former glory, several agricultural multinationals are setting up shop in Mozambique, and reaping great benefits.


USAID makes special visit to CIMMYT activities in Bangladesh

February 10, 2017

USAID’s Deputy Administrator visited Bangladesh to learn how CIMMYT engages with partners to help smallholder farmers uptake sustainable agriculture practices.


Entrenched gender roles threaten women’s longevity in research careers

February 10, 2017

Despite over a decade of implementing policies and programs to promote gender equity in research, some countries have seen women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers stagnate an …


New Publications: Stress tolerant maize in eastern and southern bring on-farm gains

February 9, 2017

Maize is a major food crop in sub-Saharan, yet yields remain low under smallholder farmer conditions compared to other regions due to drought, low soil quality and other stresses.


A ton of seed shipped to the doomsday vault at Svalbard

February 8, 2017

More than two-thirds of CIMMYT seed collections are now backed-up in the vault on an island in the icy Barents Sea, north of mainland Norway.


CIMMYT scientist cautions against new threats from wheat rust diseases

February 8, 2017

Scientists are concerned over the proliferation of highly virulent fungal wheat diseases, including two new races of yellow rust and a new race of stem rust.