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Gene bank crowdfunding campaign gains traction with commercial seed industry

A pledge of $10,000 by international plant breeding company KWS has given a big boost to an online crowdfunding initiative aiming to help maintain the world’s largest maize and wheat germplasm bank.


New high-yielding maize aids smallholder farmers, helps hungry in drought-hit Africa

Bigger and healthier maize is helping counter the effects of severe drought caused by the warming effects of an El Nino weather system.


New generation of hunger fighters needed, says Julie Borlaug at CIMMYT 50th anniversary

Encourage youth willing to become “hunger fighters” to take up the challenges of farming despite erratic weather caused by climate change, drought, dwindling water supplies and nutrient-depleted soil.


CIMMYT museum highlights cultural aspects of maize and wheat

A new museum in Mexico provides historical background and context for scientific research into maize and wheat, emphasizing agricultural achievements in the developing world.


A Chat With: DuPont Pioneer president points to technology to boost yields

Data and predictive analytics can help seeds reach their full yield by providing farmers with information and management advice, said DuPont Pioneer President Peter Shickler.


CIMMYT celebrates 50 in eastern and central Africa

CIMMYT celebrates 50 in eastern and central Africa 50th anniversary celebrations on 9 – 10 September, 2016.


CIMMYT must reboot its long-term agricultural strategy to meet new challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C., 19 SEPT 2016 — Credited with saving hundreds of million from hunger in the post-World War II era, global agricultural research organizations such as the Inter …


CIMMYT scorecard on food security in eastern and central Africa

MEDIA ADVISORY Smallholder farmer prepares maize plot for planting with CIMMYT improved varieties, Embu, Kenya. Photo: CIMMYT CIMMYT 50th international anniversary celebrations WHAT: Over 150 partners …


A Chat With: IPNI Director Shamie Zingore — boosting smallholder agriculture in Africa

Effective partnerships between research, public and private sector institutions are the key to unlock the potential of smallholder agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa says IPNI director.


“Invisible women” hold key to food security – ex-WFP chief Catherine Bertini

Despite the large numbers of women working on farms, their voices are not heard by international development policymakers, handicapping global efforts to achieve food security, Catherine Bertini says.


A Chat With: Mark Lynas – sustainable agriculture key to food security amid climate change

Sustainable agricultural practices are key to feeding the global population in the face of climate change said Environmentalist Mark Lynas.


Syngenta-CIMMYT collaboration on helping smallholders stay safe

Javier Valdes, country head at Syngenta Mexico, talks about collaboration with CIMMYT.


A Chat With: U.S. nutritionist Julie Miller Jones speaks out about GE crops

Leading nutritionist sets out to educate the general public on the benefits of genetically modified crops.


Socio-environmental challenges in focus at CIMMYT 50th anniversary conference

MEDIA ADVISORY CIMMYT 50th Anniversary Conference: Turning research into impact WHAT: About 500 scientists, government officials, farmers and members of the international agriculture for development c …


From A to Z: Developing nutritious maize and wheat at CIMMYT for 50 years

Over the past 50 years, various research activities have been undertaken to boost protein quality and micronutrient levels in maize and wheat to help improve nutrition in poor communities.


African ambassadors to Zimbabwe support improved agriculture technologies

Several African nation ambassadors to Zimbabwe pledged to step up support for improved agriculture technologies.


CIMMYT, Mexico honor legacy of Norman Borlaug

To mark CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary, Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture launched a photo exhibition honoring Nobel Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug.


CIMMYT kicks off 50th anniversary celebrations in southern Africa

CIMMYT’s Southern Africa regional office celebrated 50 years of agriculture research for development in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Drought tolerant maize: Long-run science, investments, and partnerships pay off in Africa

Before climate change became a hot topic, the U.N. Development Programme provided funding for an international team of scientists in Mexico to find a better way to breed resilient maize for farmers in …


At 50-year mark, CIMMYT scientists strive for gender equity

Efforts to meet agricultural needs of women farmers to bolster global food security took shape in CIMMYT’s early days.