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New cycle of maize lethal necrosis germplasm screening to begin at Kenya site in May 2017

February 3, 2017

Artificial inoculation of maize germplasm at the MLN screening site in Naivasha, Kenya. B. Wawa/CIMMYT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The first screening activity for the 2017A planti …


Agricultural researchers forge new ties to develop nutritious crops and environmental farming

January 25, 2017

Scientists from two of the world’s leading agricultural research institutes will embark on joint research to boost global food security.


Cornell receives UK support to aid scientists fighting threats to global wheat supply

January 24, 2017

Ronnie Coffman (r), Cornell plant breeder and director of the new Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project, surveys rust resistant wheat in fields of the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Re …


Save the date: 4th International Congress on Sunn Pest Management

January 23, 2017

Save the date for the 4th International Congress on Sunn Pest Management.


6th International Cereal Nematodes Symposium, Agadir, Morocco, 11-15 Sept. 2017

January 17, 2017

The International Cereal Nematodes Symposium (ICNS) is an extension to the International Cereal Nematode Initiative (ICNI) that was established in 2006. It aims to create a critical mass of scientific …


Breaking Ground: Jiafa Chen on improving maize and building partnerships

January 11, 2017

Jiafa Chen has helped identify new genetic resources that have been used in breeding new maize varieties that withstand environmental and biological stresses.


New Publications: Africa’s future cereal production

January 9, 2017

Cereal yields in sub-Saharan Africa must increase to 80 percent of their potential by 2050 to meet the enormous increase in demand for food.


Engaging youth: beyond the buzzword

December 20, 2016

Researchers are seeking to re-engage rural youth who are increasingly abandoning agriculture to work in cities, raising the question who will grow our food in the future?


Improved maize offers new economic opportunity to Kenyan family

December 20, 2016

Improved maize varieties offer new economic opportunity to families in Kenya.


Can sub-Saharan Africa meet its future cereal food requirement?

December 12, 2016

To satisfy the enormous increase in demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, cereal yields must increase to 80 percent of their potential.


Wheat rust poses food security risk for global poor, says DFID’s Priti Patel

December 5, 2016

Wheat rust monitoring efforts are not only keeping the fast-spreading disease in check, but are deployed to manage other crop diseases, said a scientist at a scientific meeting in London.


Advice for India’s rice-wheat farmers: Put aside the plow and save straw to fight pollution

November 28, 2016

Recent media reports show that the 19 million inhabitants of New Delhi are under siege from a noxious haze.


Agricultural biodiversity key to future crop improvement

November 25, 2016

Conserving and using agricultural biodiversity to create better crops can help meet several sustainable development goals and stave off further species extinctions.


New Publications: Durum wheat is becoming more susceptible to rust globally

November 23, 2016

Leaf rust is increasingly impacting durum wheat production worldwide.


Sustainable agriculture poised to save Mayan rainforests from deforestation

November 21, 2016

Sustainable farming practices allow smallholder farmers to improve maize yields while reducing deforestation in Mexico, report finds.


Improved genetic analysis offers faster, more precise results to crop breeders

November 18, 2016

Researchers improve global collaboration on harnessing genes in breeding that can help the crop withstand the effects of climate change.


Drought and heat tolerant maize tackles climate change in southern Africa

November 16, 2016

CIMMYT’s drought-tolerant varieties have been delivered to three million farmers across Africa.


Combating spread of MLN in Africa poses unique but surmountable challenges, seed health specialist says

November 14, 2016

Maize lethal necrosis poses a major concern to researchers, seed companies and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.


New Publications: With climate change, pests likely to spread to new agricultural areas

November 9, 2016

Pests are likely to spread as climate change continues to impact farming systems globally, according to a new study.


Improved drought tolerant maize varieties: a sustainable solution to climate change

November 8, 2016

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector met in Nairobi, Kenya, for the 4th Annual Food Security Conference (AFSC) on 12-13 October 2016.