Archive for June, 2018

Scaling Scan: A simple tool for big impact

June 25, 2018

Eleven years ago this week, Apple Inc. released the iPhone. While it was not the first smartphone on the market, industry experts often credit the iPhone’s groundbreaking design with the launch of the …


Wheat-rye crosses provide control for deadly sap-sucking aphid

June 22, 2018

Martin Kropff, CIMMYT director general (left) and Mustapha El-Bouhssini, ICARDA entomologist, in that center’s lab at Rabat, Morocco. In an excellent example of scientific collaboration spanning borde …


Breaking Ground: Tom Hagen brings IT expertise to crop breeding

June 21, 2018

Tom Hagen is combining his expertise in crop breeding and IT to help researchers and farmers be more successful.


Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during July 2018

June 21, 2018

The third installment of the 2018 maize lethal necrosis (MLN) phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle will be held in July 2018 at the MLN artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya. Int …


CIMMYT projects working to enhance business agility of South Asian seed companies

June 18, 2018

The seed industry in Nepal, as in most developing countries, is still emerging and largely untapped. Lack of availability of start-up working capital, business incentives in the sector, new technologi …


Better farming practices key to combating desertification and drought

June 15, 2018

Combating desertification and drought is critical, but focusing on the bigger challenge of unsustainable agriculture can deliver more for farmers. Research from India offers new insights on practical …


New publications: Training farmers how to help farmers

June 14, 2018

Wheat residues on an experimental plot under conservation agriculture. Photo: X. Fonseca/CIMMYT. A new study has found that farmers are the best people to talk to farmers about new agricultural practi …


CIMMYT director general visits India

June 13, 2018

Work plan signing ceremony, Kropff and Mohapatra. Photo: CIMMYT. Last week director general of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Martin Kropff touched down in India. For K …


Agricultural researchers boost fight against malnutrition with staple crops

June 12, 2018

Tandoori bread (Photo: CIMMYT/Carlos Guzmán). Breeding research by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is generating not only higher-yielding maize and wheat varieties but al …


Maize partners collaborate to maintain yield gain momentum in Pakistan  

June 12, 2018

Last year’s maize-growing season in Pakistan yielded a record-breaking six-million tons, decreasing the country’s dependence on imported maize seed and boosting local sales and exports of maize-based …


Seed companies are responsible for creating demand for quality protein maize

June 12, 2018

Recently, the CIMMYT-led, Global Affairs Canada-funded, Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia project has led field visits for a number of high-level stakeholders.


On-the job training boosts drought monitoring skills in Bangladesh

June 5, 2018

A two-week on the job training took place in March on the application of remote sensing in drought monitoring and crop mapping in Kathmandu, Nepal to build the capacity of young and mid-career profess …


Q+A with Denis Huneault about CIMMYT’s No-Plastic Initiative

June 5, 2018

On June 5, the United Nations is using World Environment Day’s theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” to challenge people around the globe to reduce their usage of single-use plastics by following the motto: …