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Pakistan program aims for agricultural innovation

October 10, 2013

By Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT International and Pakistani scientists are expanding efforts to accelerate access to climate-resilient maize and rust-resistant wheat varieties in Pakistan, as well as to imp …


New facilities inaugurated in Kenya to aid agriculture in East Africa

October 7, 2013

By Miriam Shindler/CIMMYT Felix Koskei, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, unveils the plaque of the Doubled Haploid Facility in Kiboko, Makueni County. Looking on is Bodduppali Prasanna, dire …


New facility investigates the hidden half of maize

September 30, 2013

By P.H. Zaidi/CIMMYT A new facility at CIMMYT-Hyderabad, India, will allow researchers to assess and quantify key root traits and their dynamics under various growing conditions. CIMMYT’s new root phe …


Bioversity, Borlaug Institute for South Asia and CIMMYT work more closely on climate resilient farming in eastern India

September 25, 2013

By M.L. Jat/CIMMYT Visitors see a demonstration on greenhouse gas measurements in CIMMYT’s long-term trial on conservation agriculture in rice-wheat systems at the Rajendra Agricultural University far …


CIMMYT launches mobile phone voice messaging for climate-smart villages in India

September 19, 2013

By Surabhi Mittal, CIMMYT Photo credit: S. Mittal/CIMMYT A new pilot program is trying to reach farmers in India with information on weather, pests and climate change — through their mobile phones. CI …


Training on weed control in direct seeded rice will boost farmers’ confidence

September 10, 2013

CSISA scientists address farmers’ concerns on Direct Seeded Rice method in Haryana The Dry Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) method is gaining popularity in north India, thanks to the researchers, agricultural …


Release of 22 new CIMMYT maize lines: CMLs 540 to 561

September 6, 2013

Nine of the CMLs in the list have already proven their mettle in breeding programs in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, CML541 and CM542 are among the constituent lines of ZM309, an improved, early-mat …


CIMMYT releases 22 new maize inbred lines for the tropics and subtropics

September 5, 2013

CIMMYT is pleased to announce the release of 22 new CIMMYT maize lines (CMLs). The CMLs were developed at various breeding locations of CIMMYT Global Maize Program by multi-disciplinary teams of scien …


Are mobile phones helping farmers?

September 4, 2013

Mobile phones promise new opportunities for reaching farmers with agricultural information, but are their potential fully utilized? CIMMYT’s agricultural economist Surabhi Mittal and IRRI’s economist …


Farming systems design: to feed a changing world

September 2, 2013

Farming systems all over the world face complex problems in terms of production, such as natural resource depletion, climate change, increasing food demand, and volatile prices. Farmers have to adapt …


Strengthening maize technicians’ capacity in Mozambique

August 29, 2013

Maize technicians received a training course in Mozambique. Forty participants from various agricultural research stations, private seed companies, and communitybased seed production schemes attended …


Tanzanian seed company holds field days to popularize drought tolerant maize varieties

August 28, 2013

Farmers gather during a field day hosted by a seed company in Tanzania. Yield is one of the key things farmers consider when deciding what seed to buy. Farmers in Arusha, Tanzania shared this fact dur …


NSIMA: Seeding hope for smallholder farmers through partnerships

August 21, 2013

To achieve food security, smallholder farmers in Southern Africa require access to improved seed and inputs for higher yields. “Seed is one of the key movers in agricultural development,” says John Ma …


The struggle of maize against climate change in Zimbabwe

August 21, 2013

“Maize production is likely to suffer the most due to climate change compared to other crops in Southern Africa,” said CIMMYT physiologist Jill Cairns, who presented on CIMMYT work under the CGIAR Res …


Focus on heat stress resilient maize for Asia

August 19, 2013

Scientists from the Heat Stress Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA) project and representatives from collaborating public and private sector institutions from the region, Purdue University, and CIMMYT gath …


Making villages ‘climate smart’

August 13, 2013

“Climatic extremes and variability are  becoming more frequent and resulting in losses for farmers. This issue cannot be addressed in isolation; it needs collective participation of all stakeholders, …


Nitrogen-use-efficient maize ready for release in Africa

August 1, 2013

Big news for public and private maize breeders and seed providers in Africa: you can now test your lines and hybrids under controlled stress conditions that allow you to tell how they’ll perform when …


Research battles wheat spot blotch disease

July 19, 2013

After screening some 500 wheat lines and varieties at 6 sites in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, a group of scientists were able to identify 35 genotypes that resist spot blotch. This is the number-one …


Two new maize hybrids released in Bolivia

July 9, 2013

Bolivia’s National Institute for Agricultural, Livestock and Forestry Innovation (INIAF), in collaboration with CIMMYT, released two new maize hybrids, INIAF H1 and INIAF HQ2, targeting drought-prone …


Nutrient Expert™ decision support tools for maize and wheat launched

July 8, 2013

The Nutrient Expert™ decision support tools for maize and wheat in India were officially launched for public use on 20 June 2013 at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex in New Delhi during …