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Bangladesh seed summit

May 15, 2012

Food security is highlighted as one of the main priorities for Bangladesh in the country’s Investment Plan, and a sustainable seed supply constitutes a pivotal component of food security. With this in …


Africa recruits research partners to secure its food

May 15, 2012

ACIAR’s Dr. John Dixon and Dr. Daniel Rodriguez of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, with farmers from Melkassa, Ethiopia A maize – legume farm in Tanzania Government extens …


Maize farmers and seed businesses changing with the times in Malawi

May 15, 2012

In Malawi, farmers who have in the past few years witnessed crop failure due to poor rains are switching to two new drought tolerant maize varieties, and seed companies are changing their business mod …


Syngenta-CIMMYT partnership to advance wheat research

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT has entered into a partnership with Syngenta to focus on the development and advancement of technology in wheat, the most internationally traded food crop and the single largest food import in …


Global partnership protects Africa’s maize from parasitic plant

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 9, September 2008 Looks can deceive. Striga, a deadly parasitic plant, produces a lovely flower but sucks the life and yields out of crops across Africa and Asia. A new strain …


Smallholder maize farmers in Zimbabwe lack knowledge of open-pollinated varieties

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 5, May 2007 OPVs perform as well as hybrids or better under the low-input conditions of many smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe, but farmers need information and training about h …


Improved maize varieties and partnerships welcomed in Bhutan

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 11, November 2008 Sandwiched between China and India, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a small country that relies on maize in a big way. But maize yields are typically low due to cro …


Gap filler

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 3 no. 3, March 2006 Triticale finds a niche in Bangladesh “This is just what I was looking for,” says Al Mahmoud Hasan, a farmer near the town or Rangpur in Bangladesh. “I wanted a …


Maize without borders: Reforming maize seed sector policies to meet farmers’ needs in Africa

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 10, October 2008 Senior policy makers from sub-Saharan Africa have recently made recommendations for policy actions to reform operations in the maize seed sector. At stake is …


CIMMYT trustee wins prize for work on boosting yields and zinc in wheat

May 14, 2012

June, 2005 Ismail Cakmak, recently appointed to the CIMMYT Board of Trustees, accepted the International Crop Nutrition Award from the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) this month fo …


CIMMYT fights the food crisis in developing countries

May 14, 2012

After decades of stability, world food prices jumped more than 80% in 2008. Recent good harvests have brought prices down, but not to previous, historically-low levels, and most economists expect food …


Reducing damage to grain stores of the poor

May 14, 2012

December, 2004 Saving grain from hungry pests can significantly improve the food security and livelihoods of farm households in the developing world’s poorest areas. Even if poor farmers have a good m …


Report from the field: Wheat stem rust resistance screening at Njoro, Kenya

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 12, December 2008 A deadly new pathogen is carrying off wheat farmers’ harvests in eastern Africa, affecting the balance of trade in countries like Kenya, and threatening vast …


New edition of popular field guide on maize diseases

May 14, 2012

December, 2004 Reducing Damage to Grain Stores of the Poor Saving grain from hungry pests can significantly improve the food security and livelihoods of farm households in the developing world’s poore …


Genetic modification—yes or no? London Science Museum stages global debate

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 1, January 2009   They draw fierce criticism from environmental groups, are hailed by some companies and scientists as a solution to global hunger, and chances are you’ve …


Resistant wheats and Ethiopian farmers battle deadly fungus

May 14, 2012

When a devastating stripe rust epidemic hit Ethiopia last year, newly-released wheat varieties derived from international partnerships proved resistant to the disease, and are now being multiplied for …


Maize in Kenya: The search for a successful subsidy

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 3, April 2009 It is a common dilemma for non-profits and assistance programs: how to deliver benefits to the needy without creating dependency or disrupting markets. Addressin …


Moving uphill: Maize’s growing role in Ethiopia

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 1, January 2009   Fueled by high-yielding varieties and national initiatives to promote the crop in highland areas, maize’s popularity is mounting rapidly in Ethiopia. Be …


No maize, no life!

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 4, June 2009 In Morogoro, a drought-prone area in Tanzania, farmers are using certified maize seed and urging other farmers to grow a new drought tolerant variety, TAN 250, wh …


Plowing through poverty

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 4, June 2009 As part of the global work to test and disseminate conservation agriculture, CIMMYT and partners have introduced and promoted new agricultural machinery in Bangla …