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 …


Message from DG Masa

November 29, 2006

The year 2006 is coming to a close and I’d like to share with you my assessment of this busy year and thank the CIMMYT family for its invaluable contribution to making this a productive and rewarding …


A World Tour: Program Director Profiles

February 14, 2005

February, 2005  Now that all of CIMMYT’s new program directors have been officially installed, it is time to get acquainted with them, as well as their ideas and plans for the programs. This month we …