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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.


Building India’s national capacity in conservation agriculture

October 23, 2015

Participants received hands-on training on CA technologies and visited several participatory and strategic trials. Photo: Kiranjot Kaur/CIMMYT. It is estimated that as of 2013, nearly 1.5 million hect …


WPEP enhances the capacity of national researchers and ensures quality wheat seed production in Pakistan

October 23, 2015

Imtiaz Muhammad addresses the opening session. Photo: CIMMYT-Pakistan. The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program (WPEP) held a training course on national seed technology, organized by CIMMYT in part …


Global conference underscores complex socio-economic role of wheat

October 20, 2015

A recent gathering of more than 600 scientists highlighted the complexity of wheat as a crop and emphasized the key role wheat research plays in ensuring global food security.


CSISA wheat breeders plan for future gains in South Asia

October 19, 2015

Participants from four south Asian countries attended CSISA’s annual review meeting at Karnal, India. Photo: Bal Kishan Bhonsle The growing interest of national agriculture research system (NARS) of S …


Transforming maize farming failures to successes in Kenya’s drylands

October 17, 2015

KDV4 is one of the DT varieties sold in Kenya’s eastern drylands alongside other improved varieties, developed by CIMMYT.


Changing the pace of maize breeding in Africa through doubled-haploid technology

October 16, 2015

Two words – accelerated breeding – are synonymous to doubled-haploid (DH) based maize breeding. This was the core message shared with 56 maize breeders from 10 African countries who recently participa …


5th International Cereal Nematode Initiative Workshop

October 13, 2015

Photo: Participants signing in at the registration desk. Photo: Deliang Peng The 5th International Cereal Nematode Initiative (ICNI) Workshop was held in Ankara, Turkey, on 12-16 September 2015. Durin …


India visit: Dr. Martin Kropff, Director General, CIMMYT

October 9, 2015

Summary of CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff visit to different research sites in several states of India, 28 September – 2 October, 2016.


New extension agents to promote sustainable agriculture in northern Mexico

October 6, 2015

Course participants receiving their certificates. Photo credit : Luz Paola López Amezcua/CIMMYT After finishing a course they started in April 2014 and obtaining their official certification, 39 exten …


Setting the stage for delivering high zinc wheat in South Asia

October 6, 2015

HarvestPlus pioneers at the off-season seed production site in Dalang Maidan, Himachal Pradesh, India. Photo: HarvestPlus Public and private sector partners in HarvestPlus’ biofortified wheat research …


Reflections of a wheat trainee: Zaki Afshar, Afghanistan

October 5, 2015

Zaki Afshar grew up in the small city of Puli Khumri in northern Afghanistan, and visited his father’s seven-hectare farm every weekend. In this farming locality where the staple crops are wheat and r …


Towards total quality: workshop on maize seed quality analysis-based on ISTA protocols

October 5, 2015

During the training courses for MasAgro Network seed producers given in 2014, surveys were conducted to determine their training needs in 2015. CIMMYT seed systems experts who visited seed production …