Rust Buster

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 2 no. 12, December 2005 CIMMYT’s Ravi Singh is named outstanding CGIAR scientist for 2005. Ravi Singh is a skilled researcher who has dedicated his career to improving the lives of …


Gene Flow Study Explores How Farmers Keep Maize Thriving and Changing

May 14, 2012

June, 2005 What role do farmers play in the evolution of maize diversity? How extensive are the farming networks and other social systems that influence gene flow? These and other questions are helpin …


The Fifth External Program and Management Review

May 14, 2012

November, 2004 CIMMYT’s External Program and Management Review (EPMR) is underway. Seven members of the EPMR came to El Batán from 22-26 November to commence the meetings and evaluations, which will b …


Ecuador’s wheat awakening

May 14, 2012

In a determined effort to shield consumers against food price volatility, the government of Ecuador has renewed its investment in food crop research, including a vigorous program to restore wheat prod …


Plowing through poverty

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 4, June 2009 As part of the global work to test and disseminate conservation agriculture, CIMMYT and partners have introduced and promoted new agricultural machinery in Bangla …


Body blow to grain borer

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 9, September 2007 The larger grain borer is taking a beating from CIMMYT breeders in Kenya as new African maize withstands the onslaught of one of the most damaging pests. Sci …


Backyard battle

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 3, March 2007 CIMMYT leads fight against post-harvest pests close to home. Top officials in the state of Mexico, home of CIMMYT’s headquarters, have praised a project led by t …


People of the Clouds

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 3 no. 9, September 2006 The Nepal Hill Maize Research Project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), reaches out to Nepal’s poorest farmers with new v …


Stem Rust Shows Its Strength

May 14, 2012

March, 2005 The greatest pest of crops -Roman philosopher Pliny, AD 100 Nearly 2000 years after Pliny’s description of stem rusts, plant disease scientist William Wagoire made a startling observation …


Farmer Innovation Silences the Earworm

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 2 no. 8, August 2005 Farmers seal the corn earworm’s fate in Peru with an oily approach. Far from markets or access to agricultural inputs, maize farmers high in the Andes of northe …


Bug Havens Keep Maize Pest-Proof

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 2 no. 12, December 2005 African maize farmers who will grow transgenic maize varieties resistant to one of the crop’s most damaging pests—the maize stem borer—learn that to keep bor …


New Japan–CIMMYT Project Hunts for Genes to Fight Disease

May 14, 2012

June, 2004 No single strain of wheat, barley, or related species completely withstands Fusarium Head Blight, a disease that is making increasing inroads on health and harvests worldwide. A new project …


Reducing damage to grain stores of the poor

May 14, 2012

December, 2004 Saving grain from hungry pests can significantly improve the food security and livelihoods of farm households in the developing world’s poorest areas. Even if poor farmers have a good m …


New USD$40 million grant to fight wheat stem rust

May 14, 2012

On 27 February 2011, the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an investment of USD$40 million in a global project led b …


The journey of a seed

August 1, 2008

Seed is the lifeblood of CIMMYT research and partnerships. Behind the scenes at CIMMYT, many thousands of seeds are on the move. Constantly arriving and departing as seed is shared with partners, they …


Farewell and thanks to Masa Iwanaga, Director General, 2002-2008

March 21, 2008

CIMMYT Director General, Masa Iwanaga, ends his appointment at CIMMYT today,14 March 2008, after a six-year tenure that included a redirection in center strategy, confronting extreme financial difficu …


Democratizing crop improvement

November 2, 2007

Maize breeders in the Mexican highlands are increasingly looking to farmers for input on how to improve crops, after decades of having little impact in these areas. It is estimated that only 7-15% of …


Mexican maize landraces: eroding, but not lost

September 11, 2007

The fates of farmers and maize landraces in the central highlands of Mexico hinge on complex interactions between global and local economies Researchers, the media, and members of civil society organi …


A pioneer passes: Bernice “Bernie” Hanson

August 24, 2007

We have received word that Mrs. Bernie Hanson, wife of Haldore Hanson, CIMMYT’s second director general, died on April 4, 2007 at the age of 91. She would have been 92 on Sunday, August 19th. Hal and …


Pride and pragmatism sustain a giant Mexican maize

August 18, 2007

Long as a man’s forearm, the biggest maize ears in the world are found in Jala, in the state of Nayarit, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The traditional variety of this community is at risk, but a mai …