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New Provitamin A maize platform fights hidden hunger in Tanzania

Joyce Maru is a capacity development & communications specialist at the International Potato Center A farmer prepares maize porridge using Provitamin A maize. Photo: R.Lunduka/CIMMYT Vitamin A deficiency is considered a major public health problem …


Farmer in Malawi defines true project success

Esnath Shaibu (left) on his farm in Malawi discussing resource allocation on his plots. Photo: C. Thierfelder/CIMMYT

Development initiatives are only truly successful when participants graduate, adopt and leave.


Breakthroughs in agriculture for action on climate change

armers in Lushoto, in the Tanga region of Tanzania, are working with researchers to test different forage varieties like Brachiaria for yield and drought resilience.  CIAT/Georgina Smith

Climate change presents a formidable challenge as one of the biggest constraints to improving food systems, food security and poverty alleviation around the world, especially for the world’s most vulnerable people.


Gender and development specialist Rahma Adam: Aiding African women to build household food security

Women account for over 50 percent of farmers in many parts of Africa.  Photo: CIMMYT/Peter Lowe

In a special interview to mark International Women’s Day, CIMMYT gender specialist Rahma Adam detailed how her research aims to improve the agricultural productivity of women in south and eastern Africa.


Despite hardships, women running own households provide model of empowerment and innovation

GENNOVATE research reveals women-headed households often experience high rates of poverty reduction. Photo: CIMMYT/P. Lowe

GENNOVATE research reveals communities with numerous women-headed households record high levels of poverty reduction.


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

Monica Mezzalama, head of CIMMYT's Seed.
Photo: Xochiquetzal Fonseca/CIMMYT.

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


Entrenched gender roles threaten women’s longevity in research careers

Denise Costich, senior scientist and head of CIMMYT’s maize germplasm bank, conducting field work in Spain with daughter Mara, 1986 (left). On the right, Costich holds maize cobs grown by a farmer on the Nevado de Toluca volcano in Mexico. Photos courtesy of Denise Costich and Jennifer Johnson/CIMMYT.

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 and even decrease in some fields.


Crop and bio-economic modeling for an uncertain climate

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The potential impact of climate change on agriculture and the complexity of possible adaptation responses require the application of new research methods and tools to develop adequate strategies, writes Gideon Kruseman.


Healthy soils for a healthy, food secure future

Humanity relies on soils for food production. 95 percent of our food comes from soil. Healthy soils are vital for a healthy and food secure future. Photo: CIMMYT

Humanity relies on soils not only for food production but also for a range of vital ecosystem services, its health is essential to a healthy and food secure future.


Strategizing for the future: adapting to a changing agricultural landscape

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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.


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