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Successful partners’ day at CIMMYT-Harare showcasing research work

April 29, 2013

The value of CIMMYT’s research work is enhanced through partnerships supporting the development and dissemination of new maize production technologies. To encourage this collaboration, the CIMMYT Sout …


Science magazine: global research to control stem rust disease saves wheat farmers losses worth US $1.12 billion per year

April 12, 2013

The virulent stem rust race Ug99 has spread from Africa to Iran and is capable of causing serious crop losses. Credit: E.Quilligan/CIMMYT A study just published in Science by scientists from the Unive …


CIMMYT-India interacts with farmers at IARI Agriculture Science Fair

March 26, 2013

Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela, a farmers’ fair organized by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) annually since 1972, was held during 6-8 March 2013 in New Delhi, India. Every year, agriculture …


DTMA recognizes best-performing teams in Eastern Africa

March 26, 2013

During 25-26 February 2013, 22 participants drawn from seed companies, national agricultural research institutes, and CIMMYT met in Arusha, Tanzania, for the regional Maize Working Group (MWG) meeting …


Water-saving techniques salvage wheat in drought-stricken Kazakhstan

March 21, 2013

Kazakhstan’s 2012 drought and high temperatures cut the country’s wheat harvests by more than half from 2011 output, but wheat under zero-tillage practices gave up to three times more grain than conve …


Thomas Lumpkin and Marianne Bänziger visited CIMMYT-Bangladesh

March 13, 2013

Thomas Lumpkin, CIMMYT director general, and Marianne Bänziger, deputy director general for research and partnerships, visited CIMMYT-Bangladesh during 20-23 February 2013 to meet with CIMMYT-Banglade …


CIMMYT-Bangladesh, February 2013: distinguished guests and donors

March 12, 2013

As farmers in southern Bangladesh –the country’s most impoverished region– face increasing costs of agricultural labor and negative effects of climate change, CIMMYT-Bangladesh partners with farmers a …


“Sky Walker” advances phenotyping in Southern Africa

March 11, 2013

To free phenotyping of the varietal development bottleneck label, many new tools have been developed to enable an easier plant growth and development characterization and field variability. Until rece …


Maize lethal necrosis: Scientists and key stakeholders discuss strategies as the battle continues

March 7, 2013

A recently-emerged disease in Eastern Africa, maize lethal necrosis (MLN), remains a serious concern. A regional workshop on the disease and its management strategies was held during 12-14 February 20 …


Droughts in major wheat areas can fuel revolutions

March 6, 2013

A February 2013 report from the Center for Climate & Security entitled “The Arab Spring and Climate Change” identifies climate change consequences—among them global and local wheat shortages and p …


Getting insights from high above: new remote sensing platform in Obregón

March 6, 2013

False-color image of the CIMMYT-Obregon station captured from the multispectral camera at 1-meter resolution on 15 February 2013. Plots with dense vegetation are shown in red, the north-south road on …


High expectations among stakeholders as WEMA Phase II kicks off

February 27, 2013

During 4-8 February 2013, stakeholders of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Fifth Review and Planning Meeting to discuss achievements and challeng …


First ever high-level foreign delegation visits BISA-Ludhiana

February 26, 2013

On 6 February 2013, the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) in Ladowal, Punjab, India, received a delegation consisting of eight members of the German Parliament —Harald Ebner, Alexander Süßmair, …


New project launched: Heat Stress Tolerant Maize for Asia

February 11, 2013

South Asian farm lands have been increasingly experiencing climate change related weather extremes. A report from the Asian Development Bank in 2009 warns that if the current trends persist until 2050 …


Secretary of Agriculture backs CIMMYT’s initiative for sustainable crop intensification in Bangladesh

January 29, 2013

Bangladesh has a mosaic of distinct agricultural seasons, potentially allowing farmers to cultivate two and sometimes three crops on the same field. However, in the impoverished region of Southern Ban …


Haryana Chief Minister: conservation agriculture is the way of future farming

January 22, 2013

Thanks to high-yielding cultivars of wheat and rice, development of irrigation infrastructure, the work of innovative farmers, and the state’s support for improved technologies, the Indian state of Ha …


Prestigious INSA fellowship to Arun Joshi

January 16, 2013

Arun Joshi, CIMMYT senior wheat breeder for South Asia, has been named Fellow of the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) at its annual meeting in Pune, India, during 27-29 December 2012 …


German and Partec partnership facilitates DNA analysis

January 15, 2013

CIMMYT has received a new flow cytometer that will allow speedy DNA analysis for breeding. “With this new technology, we save tremendous amounts of money, time, and resources. We’re really grateful to …


Climate Change and Agriculture: Building Resilience

January 7, 2013

This article is cross-posted from the Feed the Future blog. Feed the Future is the United States Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. It supports country-driven approaches to addre …


Delegation from Bangladesh visits CIMMYT’s conservation agriculture program in India

November 25, 2012

A delegation from the Government of Bangladesh led by Begum Matia Chowdhury, Minister of Agriculture, and accompanied by Tariq A Karim, High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India, Md Abdul Hamid, Additi …