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Maize Lethal Necrosis Diagnostics and Prevention of Seed Transmission

February 19, 2016

Maize is the main staple food for several million families in sub-Saharan Africa. The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease, which appeared in the region in 2011, has caused major losses to maize crops, …


Maize lethal necrosis field day demonstrates promising maize germplasm

February 10, 2016

KALRO and CIMMYT invited public and private sector partners in eastern Africa to a MLN field day at the screening facility at KALRO-Naivasha.


New book details benefits of holistic approach to agricultural development in Mexico

February 9, 2016

A book titled Options Available for Implementing MasAgro Technologies has been published which analyzes the options available for implementing sustainable agricultural practices and technologies in 23 …


Recent publications from CIMMYT staff

January 26, 2016

Top 5 new research outputs from CIMMYT covers gender and agriculture in Malawi, topsoil and organic carbon variability, and reallocation of farm resources.


How to work with agricultural innovation systems

January 26, 2016

The CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) of the Netherlands organized a workshop called “Designing projects focusing on agricultural innovation systems” in Wageningen …


Learning partnerships turn research into results for Mexican agriculture

January 22, 2016

The Seeds of Discovery (SeeD) project seeks to empower the next generation of Mexican scientists to use maize and wheat biodiversity to effectively meet the needs of Mexican agriculture in the future.


10 new studies from CIMMYT staff

January 20, 2016

Read the latest in CIMMYT’s research outputs.


Modeling Africa’s agricultural future

January 8, 2016

CIMMYT held its second training workshop on “Crop Modeling under Uncertain Climate,” from 7-11 December 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Agricultural mechanization highlighted at farmers’ field day in Bangladesh

December 18, 2015

Shahidul Haque Khan To introduce modern agricultural machines to farmers of Jhenaidah, Bangladesh, a farmers’ field day (FFD) was held on 17 November 2015 at the M.K. High School, Kulfadanga, Maharajp …


Direct seeding with two-wheel tractors increases wheat yield and saves time in the Ethiopian highlands

December 16, 2015

A service provider in Lemo, Ethiopia. Photo: Frédéric Baudron Agronomic practices that can close the wheat yield gap in the Ethiopian highlands are well known: row planting, precise fertilizer applica …


Interview with CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff in Pakistan

December 8, 2015

From 23 – 26 August, 2015, CIMMYT’s Director General Martin Kropff visited Pakistan to attend the Agricultural Innovation Program’s (AIP) annual conference in Islamabad. Following the conference Kropf …


Towards inclusive and sustainable grain marketing

December 4, 2015

CIMMYT’s MasAgro program organized its first forum on grain marketing titled on 9 November.


Germplasm Research

December 2, 2015

The Genetic Resources Program manages CIMMYT’s gene bank — also known as a germplasm bank — the Seed Health Unit, Biometrics & Statistics Unit, and Data Management Unit. The program conserves, a …


Of maize farmers, coming calves, waxing oxen, and comely camels

November 30, 2015

The gospel of ngamia. When despite drought, maize becomes a ‘source’ of farm labor and protein, with surplus sold to purchase a calf: “I got so much harvest, and yet I planted this seed very late, and …


Not all maize makes good tortillas

November 23, 2015

Tortilla dough industry partners evaluating nixtamalized kernels during the workshop “From empirical knowledge to technical tools.” Photo: Natalia Palacios/CIMMYT. With more than 600 food products der …


Training the next generation of rust researchers to combat stem rust race Ug99

November 5, 2015

Certificate distribution to trainees: Sridhar Bhavani (CIMMYT), Immaculate Maina (Center Director, KALRO) and Saikat Das (trainee from India). Photo: Marianna Myer. For the seventh consecutive year, s …


Small farmers sow maize with a push row planter in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

November 5, 2015

Farmer Jalees Ahmed planting maize with a push row planter in Nowshera, Pakistan. Photo: Ansaar Ahmed In Pakistan, maize is planted on 0.97 million hectares, of which 0.42 million are located in the p …


Training on quarantine pests of wheat in Ethiopia

November 3, 2015

Trainees observe fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases of wheat in quarantine fields. Photo: Terefe Fitta Ethiopia’s loose quarantine system permits the introduction of foreign pests, which attack cro …


CIMMYT empowers a new generation of maize breeders in Zambia

October 28, 2015

CIMMYT conducted a training course in Zambia for maize breeders teaching modern maize breeding methods.


Big data for development research

October 27, 2015

Both private and public sector research organizations must adopt data management strategies that keep up with the advent of big data if we hope to effectively and accurately conduct research.