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.


Genetically engineered crops safe to grow and eat, U.S. National Academy of Sciences concludes

June 1, 2016

GE crops are as safe to eat as conventionally bred crops and have benefited the environment and ecosystem diversity, according to a new study


CIMMYT, Mexico honor legacy of Norman Borlaug

May 27, 2016

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


Harnessing maize biodiversity for food security, improved livelihoods in Africa

May 20, 2016

Diverse, stress tolerant maize varieties are benefiting smallholders throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


Tanzania seed company increases demand for drought-tolerant maize

May 2, 2016

Locally adapted marketing initiatives are successfully converting farmers to the high-performing, drought-tolerant maize variety Lubango in Tanzania.


New varieties reignite maize production in Pakistan

April 29, 2016

New maize varieties have the potential to increase production, enhance nutrition and strengthen national industry in Pakistan.


Award recognizes agronomist Ram Malik for successes in India’s rice-wheat systems

April 22, 2016

Ram Kanwar Malik recognized for 30 years of improving India’s rice-wheat systems.


Millions of smallholders in Africa benefit from climate resilient drought-tolerant maize

April 21, 2016

At least 40 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are profiting from more than 200 new drought-tolerant varieties of maize.


On Roman Robigalia Day, scientists size up battle against centuries-old wheat rust disease

April 18, 2016

For the Romans, the agricultural festival Robigalia celebrated each year on April 25 was dedicated to appeasing the rust god “Robigus,” known also as the goddess “Robigo.


Tackling challenges to cereal production through cross-crop collaborations

April 11, 2016

Cropping systems can become more resilient in the face of climate change through better coordination and standardization.


Global wheat breeding provides billions in benefits, CIMMYT study shows

April 5, 2016

Almost half the world’s wheat land is sown to varieties that come directly or indirectly from research by CGIAR scientists, according to a new report.