Breaking Ground: Monica Mezzalama keeps vital check on seed health and biosafety

February 22, 2017

Plant pathology expert Monica Mezzalama shares on keeping biosafety and seed health in check at CIMMYT.


Entrenched gender roles threaten women’s longevity in research careers

February 10, 2017

Despite over a decade of implementing policies and programs to promote gender equity in research, some countries have seen women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers stagnate an …


Crop and bio-economic modeling for an uncertain climate

December 19, 2016

The potential impact of climate change on agriculture and the complexity of possible adaptation responses require the application of new research methods and tools to develop adequate strategies, writ …


Healthy soils for a healthy, food secure future

December 5, 2016

Humanity relies on soils not only for food production but also for a range of vital ecosystem services, its health is essential to a healthy and food secure future.


Strategizing for the future: adapting to a changing agricultural landscape

October 21, 2016

Forging major change is never simple, but one of my top priorities upon taking the helm at CIMMYT as director general last year was to develop a new five-year institutional strategy.


Gazing into the crystal ball at the future of food: Nutrient-dense maize and wheat

October 19, 2016

Diversity is important for finding traits that will allow maize and wheat to be more nutritious than they are already today and so aid in meeting the demands of the future, writes Gideon Kruseman, CIM …


Unpacking our biases for better gender research

October 7, 2016

Shelley Feldman, recently retired professor at Cornell University, gives a keynote speech on gender balance in agriculture at CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary conference. CIMMYT/Alfonso Arredondo. MEXICO CIT …


African Conservation Tillage Network CEO calls for high level support of conservation agriculture

September 28, 2016

Regional and national support for conservation agriculture is key to achieving widespread sustainable production intensification says Saidi Mkomwa, CEO African Conservation Tillage Network.


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.


Are cows the next development boom for smallholder farmers?

September 2, 2016

Smallholder livestock farmers in Zimbabwe are rapidly increasing profits thanks to a pivot to new sustainable agriculture initiatives.


A Chat With: Mark Lynas – sustainable agriculture key to food security amid climate change

August 23, 2016

Sustainable agricultural practices are key to feeding the global population in the face of climate change said Environmentalist Mark Lynas.


Syngenta-CIMMYT collaboration on helping smallholders stay safe

August 18, 2016

Javier Valdes, country head at Syngenta Mexico, talks about collaboration with CIMMYT.


A Chat With: U.S. nutritionist Julie Miller Jones speaks out about GE crops

August 16, 2016

Leading nutritionist sets out to educate the general public on the benefits of genetically modified crops.


Maize: From Mexico to the world

May 20, 2016

For Mexicans, the “children of corn,” maize is entwined in life, history and tradition. It is not just a crop; it is central to their identity.


Helping Nepalese farmers adapt to climate change

May 11, 2016

Cornell University’s Linda McCandless describes some of the agricultural challenges Nepalese farmers face after the devastating 2015 earthquake


A woman for wheat: Maricelis Acevedo takes on new role

May 11, 2016

Maricelis Acevedo, newly appointed associate director for science for the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat project left her island home of Puerto Rico in 2003 to pursue a career as a pathologist and h …


Global wheat breeding returns billions in benefits but stable financing remains elusive

April 27, 2016

What do a chapati, a matza, or couscous have in common? The answer is wheat, which is a source for one-fifth of the calories and protein consumed globally.


Iran tackles environmental challenges with new approach to cropping systems

April 25, 2016

Water shortages and decade long drought are mobilizing Iran find new approaches to agriculture.


Will El Niño be a wake-up call to invest in food security solutions?

April 8, 2016

In southern Africa close to 50 million people are projected to be affected by droughts caused by the current El Niño, write CIMMYT scientists.


Combating malnutrition: a new zinc-rich variety of wheat

April 4, 2016

New high-zinc varieties of wheat can help improve diets in some parts of India, scientists V.K. Mishra, Ramash Chand and Arun Joshi write in The Indian Express newspaper.