Combating spread of MLN in Africa poses unique but surmountable challenges, seed health specialist says

November 14, 2016

Maize lethal necrosis poses a major concern to researchers, seed companies and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.


First drought tolerant and insect resistant “stacked” transgenic maize harvested in Kenya

November 4, 2016

For the first time, transgenic maize hybrids that combine insect resistance and drought tolerance have been harvested from confined field trials.


Promoting drought tolerant maize seed in southern Africa

November 2, 2016

CIMMYT held seed fairs in Zimbabwe to promote the sharing of information and knowledge about new seed options for farmers.


Growing more with less: Improving productivity, resilience and sustainability in Africa

October 24, 2016

Sustainable intensification is helping farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa become more productive, while adapting to and mitigating climate change.


Changing the conversation surrounding food and agriculture with Tamar Haspel

October 19, 2016

Tamar Haspel delivered a keynote address at a three-day conference hosted by CIMMYT to celebrate the nonprofit’s 50th anniversary.


Weeding out the losses: Striga challenges in Kenya

October 18, 2016

The Striga weed is one of the leading causes of crop loss in western Kenya, a significant dent to farmers’ livelihoods and major hindrance to food security in the area.


Biofortification to fight “hidden hunger” in Zimbabwe

October 14, 2016

The goal of completely eradicating vitamin A deficiency – mainly in Africa and Southeast Asia – remains a big challenge.


Celebrating 50 years of collaboration: CIMMYT in the Mexican senate

September 23, 2016

Mexico City, Mexico (CIMMYT) — In recognition of the contributions the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center has made to agriculture and food security in Mexico and the world, a symposium w …


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

September 21, 2016

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.


Young African scientists gain inspiration from experienced maize researchers

September 6, 2016

CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program (GMP) team in Africa attended the AfPBA training program held June 2016 at the World Agroforestry Center.


Ancient maize varieties provide modern solution to tar spot complex

July 25, 2016

In southern Mexico and Central America a fungal maize disease known as tar spot complex is decimating yields, threatening local food security and livelihoods.


Drought-tolerant maize a boon to farmers in Zambia hit by El Niño

July 8, 2016

Drought-related challenges in Africa call for proactive interventions rather than reactive ones.


Emergency seed project brings relief to drought-affected farmers in Ethiopia

July 6, 2016

As Ethiopia struggles with its worst drought in 50 years, farmers pin their hopes on seed delivered through emergency seed projects.


Smallholders in Rwanda and Zambia to enhance wheat productivity through new project

June 28, 2016

A new project aims to over double wheat production in target areas of Zambia and Rwanda to help smallholders meet rising demand and cope with high import costs.


New multi-crop zero-till planter boosts yields and farming efficiency in Pakistan

June 24, 2016

A new planter that promotes dry seeding of rice, saves water and increases planting efficiency is being used increasingly in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.


CIMMYT’s knowledge sharing efforts contribute to improved seed production in Africa

June 23, 2016

A training held from June 13 – 23, 2016 emphasized hand pollination in maize variety development and seed multiplication.


Action needed to adapt maize breeding to climate change, report shows

June 20, 2016

Breeding and seed systems must immediately adapt to changing climates if major loss of maize yields is to be avoided, a new report shows.


Seeding the future: Emergency support for drought-affected farmers in Ethiopia

June 13, 2016

The 2015-2016 El Niño has led to drought leaving 10.2 million people – more than 1 in 10 Ethiopians – in need of emergency food assistance.


Maize seed systems in Africa: Understanding the basics

June 7, 2016

Since 2006, CIMMYT has developed 200 drought-tolerant varieties and hybrids, many of which possess desirable traits such as resistance to major diseases.


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

June 5, 2016

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.