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.


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.


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.


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.


Breaking Ground: Caixia Lan on identifying building blocks for rust resistant wheat

February 8, 2017

Support for research into breeding crops resistant to wheat rust is essential to manage the spread of the deadly disease, caused vast yield losses globally in recent years, says scientist Caixia Lan.


Breaking Ground: Bhoja Basnet sets sights on increasing wheat yield potential through hybrid seeds

February 1, 2017

Scientist Bhoja Raj Basnet shares his journey from Nepal to Mexico where he joined CIMMYT as a postdoctoral fellow working in the bread wheat improvement program.


New study reveals how controlling wheat hormones can cool hot crops

January 31, 2017

A plant-aging hormone could increase wheat yields by 10 to 15 percent in warm locations, according to a recent study published in New Phytologist journal.


Breaking Ground: Carolina Sansaloni explores and unlocks genetic potential from wheat genebanks

January 25, 2017

Carolina Sansaloni’s passion for genetics began when she was at university in Argentina, an interest that grew as she moved on to receive her master’s and doctoral degrees in molecular biology.


Breaking Ground: Scientist Deepmala Sehgal on the trail of novel wheat diversity

January 18, 2017

Molecular analysis research by Deepmala Sehgal has led to the discovery of novel genes for yield, disease resistance and climate resilience in previously little-used wheat genetic resources.


Breaking Ground: Jiafa Chen on improving maize and building partnerships

January 11, 2017

Jiafa Chen has helped identify new genetic resources that have been used in breeding new maize varieties that withstand environmental and biological stresses.


Harnessing medical technology and global partnerships to drive gains in food crop productivity

December 22, 2016

Global research networks must overcome nationalist and protectionist tendencies to provide technology advances the world urgently needs.


Engaging youth: beyond the buzzword

December 20, 2016

Researchers are seeking to re-engage rural youth who are increasingly abandoning agriculture to work in cities, raising the question who will grow our food in the future?


Improved maize offers new economic opportunity to Kenyan family

December 20, 2016

Improved maize varieties offer new economic opportunity to families in Kenya.


Can sub-Saharan Africa meet its future cereal food requirement?

December 12, 2016

To satisfy the enormous increase in demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, cereal yields must increase to 80 percent of their potential.


Wheat rust poses food security risk for global poor, says DFID’s Priti Patel

December 5, 2016

International Wheat rust monitoring efforts are not only keeping the fast-spreading disease in check, but are deployed to manage other crop diseases, said a scientist attending a major scientific even …


Scientists meet in Mexico to revolutionize ways of “watching” experimental plants

December 1, 2016

200 world-class scientists from over 20 countries will gather in Mexico from December 13 to 15 for the 4th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium.


Advice for India’s rice-wheat farmers: Put aside the plow and save straw to fight pollution

November 28, 2016

Recent media reports show that the 19 million inhabitants of New Delhi are under siege from a noxious haze.


Agricultural biodiversity key to future crop improvement

November 25, 2016

Conserving and using agricultural biodiversity to create better crops can help meet several sustainable development goals and stave off further species extinctions.


Target for 10 million more climate-smart farmers in southern Africa amid rising cost of El Niño

November 23, 2016

Research centers, development agencies and governments must work together to respond to climate predictions before food crises develop, say two CIMMYT scientists.