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XXI Latin American Maize Meeting

November 13, 2015

Bolivia’s National Agricultural, Livestock and Forestry Innovation Institute (INIAF) and the CIMMYT-Colombia office organized the XXI Latin American Maize Meeting (XXIRLM) held in Santa Cruz de la Sie …


Supporting sustainable and scalable changes in cereal systems in South Asia

November 9, 2015

The rates of growth of staple crop yields in South Asia are insufficient to meet the projected demands in the region. With 40 percent of the world’s poor living in South Asia, the area composed of eas …


Drought-tolerant maize to the rescue as hunger threatens 1.5 million in Zimbabwe

October 21, 2015

CIMMYT and its partners are working to increase the productivity of maize-based farming systems to ensure food security and increase incomes.


SADC ambassadors hear how CIMMYT-SARO is helping to achieve regional food security

October 13, 2015

CIMMYT seed system specialist presents achievements in southern Africa food security to regional ambassadors in Harare, Zimbabwe.


“Double-hatted” maize variety is good news for farmers in western Kenya

October 6, 2015

Azbetta Ogembo, a farmer in western Kenya, displays a WH507 maize plant. Photo: Brenda Wawa/CIMMYT Maize farming in western Kenya is leaping one notch higher thanks to maize variety WH507, which is be …


WEMA hybrid launch to benefit maize farmers in Africa

October 5, 2015

Through the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, 13 maize hybrids were approved for commercial production by relevant authorities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa between Octobe …


Pakistani stakeholders evaluate the performance of CIMMYT maize germplasm across Punjab

October 5, 2015

Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), organized a traveling seminar to give stakeholders the chance to evaluate the performance of CIMMYT maize germplasm in Punjab Province, Pakistan.


Zero-till wheat raises farmers’ incomes in eastern India, research shows

September 30, 2015

Photo Credit: Vinaynath Reddy / CIMMYT In a study published last month in Food Security, CIMMYT researchers reported that wheat farmers’ total annual income increased by 6% on average with the introdu …


Minimizing yield losses via conservation agriculture

September 28, 2015

Last year, climatic variability such as untimely rainfall was devastating in northwest India. Mid-season rainfall resulted in massive yield losses during winter 2014-15. Starting that season, a case s …


Rebuilding livelihoods: CIMMYT supports agricultural recovery in Nepal

September 23, 2015

Farmer uses a mini-tiller in mid-west region of Nepal CSISA The recent 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, followed by a 7.3 magnitude aftershock on 12 May and several hundred addi …


CGIAR open letter to the heads of state attending the 70th UN General Assembly

September 21, 2015

Martin Kropff and John Snape joined leaders from CGIAR centers worldwide in an open letter to the heads of state at the 70th UN General Assembly in New York.


The first heat tolerant maize hybrids are licensed for deployment in Bangladesh, India and Nepal

September 17, 2015

Women farmers at a HTMA hybrid demonstration at Dumarawana village, Bara District, Nepal. Photo: NMRP, Rampur The Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Bangladesh’s ACI Seeds, India’s Bih …


Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling

September 14, 2015

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling (DTMASS) project was officially launched in November, 2014, and started its activities in March 2015, with the aim to meet demand and improve access …


Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat

September 14, 2015

The Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project, a collaborative effort begun in April 2008, which now includes 22 research institutions around the world and is led by Cornell University, seeks to mitiga …


A ‘double-hatted’ maize variety brings good tidings to farmers in western Kenya

September 3, 2015

Poor soil fertility is a major – yet often overlooked – factor affecting food production in Africa. Farmers suffer low yields and crop failure due to poor soils, a situation that has crippled food sec …


AAA hybrids move towards commercialization

August 24, 2015

PLC6 is a term used to refer to an advanced stage of hybrid testing at Syngenta, a partner of the Affordable, Accessible, Asian (AAA) Drought Tolerant Maize Project. Four hybrids, representing combina …


Wheat scientists urge funding boost after UK-U.S. food security report

August 21, 2015

Food shortages will escalate due to climate-change related production shocks and the international community must prepare to respond to price increases and social unrest.


CIMMYT farm mechanization project attracts wide coverage by Ethiopian media

August 13, 2015

It is not often that conservation agriculture, the subject of numerous scholarly articles and dissertations, gets wide coverage from the mainstream media in Ethiopia. It is thus remarkable that the me …


From the eye in the sky to the cell phone in the field: technologies for all

August 13, 2015

For many farmers in the developing world, cell phones are the most accessible form of technology, but are only one of many technologies changing agriculture.


Climate change, maize production and food security in sub-Saharan Africa

August 3, 2015

Although climate change is a global phenomenon, its impacts vary depending on region and season. To formulate appropriate adaptation options and ensure timely responses, we first need to better unders …