Archive for October, 2017

Smallholder farmers to gain from targeted CRISPR-Cas9 crop breeding

October 31, 2017

Gene editing technology could revolutionize the way scientists breed high-yielding drought, disease and pest resistant, high quality plant seeds, greatly reducing the time it currently takes to develo …


Campaign against residue burning seeks to make India’s “food bowl” sustainable

October 27, 2017

In the 1960s, India became the center of the Green Revolution. Today, India needs a new Green Revolution.


Wheat scientist receives Monsanto award for promising work on yield potential

October 26, 2017

A scientist whose work is projected to significantly increase wheat production for smallholder farmers around the world has won the 2017 Ted Crosbie MBBISP Impact Award presented by Monsanto.


New Publications: Addressing conflict through community resource management

October 26, 2017

A new study examines the role of collective resource management in conflict.


New book highlights sustainable agriculture success story in Mexico

October 25, 2017

A new book from Columbia University Press offers social sector organizations a how-to guide on applying new and creative methods to solve complex problems.


New USAID seed and fertilizer initiative launched in Nepal

October 23, 2017

Nepal will benefit from a new project that will strengthen the country’s seed and fertilizer sectors, boost farmer income and increase the country’s food security.


First blast resistant, biofortified wheat variety released in Bangladesh

October 18, 2017

The first blast resistant wheat variety has been released in Bangladesh.


Partners invited to apply for allocation of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids

October 17, 2017

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production f …


How a seed bank in Mexico produces data to help alleviate poverty

October 16, 2017

Scientist Kevin Pixley leads a project to catalogue 178,000 corn and wheat seeds at the CIMMYT seed bank near Mexico City.


Borlaug Dialogue delegates to discuss strategy for tackling Fall Armyworm menace in Africa

October 14, 2017

B.M. Prasanna at 2017 Borlaug Dialogue on expert panel to discuss the strategic approach for managing the pest menace in Africa.


Improved wheat helps reduce women’s workload in rural Afghanistan

October 12, 2017

New research shows improved wheat raises the quality of life for men and women across rural communities in Afghanistan.


New Publications: Using networks to disseminate agricultural innovations

October 12, 2017

A new study examines how networks help spread new technologies and innovations in agriculture.


Project helps African farmers identify regional best practices

October 11, 2017

Traditional farming systems in Africa must be updated for today’s climate and market challenges, according to a new article from the University of Queensland.


Scaling sustainable agriculture in South Asia

October 11, 2017

A two-day regional policy dialogue on scaling conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification in South Asia was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from September 8-9, 2017.


Three technologies that are changing agriculture in Bangladesh

October 10, 2017

In agrarian countries like Bangladesh, agriculture can serve as a powerful driving force to raise family incomes and the nation’s entire economy.


Project to boost Nepal’s seed sector meets to discuss a way forward

October 5, 2017

Eleven seed companies shared progress and lessons learned in enhancing Nepal’s seed sector during a recent meeting held in Kathmandu, Nepal.


New screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya

October 3, 2017

The maize lethal necrosis screening site in Kenya will begin its second screening cycle of 2017 at the end of October.


Afghanistan scientists assess achievements of Australia-funded wheat research

October 3, 2017

Afghanistan scientists meet to reflect on achievements after 15 years of Australia-funded wheat research.


Asian scientists join cross-continental training to restrain wheat blast disease

October 2, 2017

Nine South Asia wheat researchers recently visited the Americas for training on measures to control a deadly and mysterious wheat blast disease.