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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Managing yellow rust disease in Nepal

August 8, 2011

From 2008-11 a Nepal Agricultural Research and Development Fund (NARDF)-funded project was conducted to try to minimize wheat losses caused by yellow rust in ten highly affected districts of Nepal, in …


Seeking mold-free food grain for Asia and the world

December 17, 2010

More than 200 delegates from 34 countries attended the international mycotoxin conference “Mycored 2010: Global Mycotoxin Reduction Strategies,” in Penang, Malaysia during 01-04 December 2010. The con …