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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 …


Scientists uncover DNA sequence of key wheat disease resistance gene

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 2, February 2009   A global team of researchers that includes CIMMYT scientists has uncovered the molecular basis of a “wonder” gene that, in tandem with other resistance …


Bangladesh and CIMMYT: decades of partnership, commitment, and achievement

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 8, August 2008 Work by CIMMYT with researchers, extension workers, policymakers, and farmers in Bangladesh for nearly four decades has helped establish wheat and maize among t …


Latin American ministers visit CIMMYT and develop food price crisis strategy

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 5, May 2008 Skyrocketing food prices recently brought Latin American agriculture ministers from 14 countries and development experts to CIMMYT to seek a way forward for a regi …


Million-dollar vote of confidence from Mexican farmers and state officials

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 4, April 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate Norman E. Borlaug anchors the announcement of a global, Cornell-coordinated project to combat a deadly wheat disease, and a Mexican farmer o …


CIMMYT and Syngenta: working together for global food security

November 28, 2011

The Director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program, Hans Braun, visited Syngenta in Basel, Switzerland, on 10 October 2011, to present CIMMYT’s current work towards achieving global food security. CIMMYT a …