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Drought-tolerant maize a boon to farmers in Zambia hit by El Niño

July 8, 2016

Drought-related challenges in Africa call for proactive interventions rather than reactive ones.


Emergency seed project brings relief to drought-affected farmers in Ethiopia

July 6, 2016

As Ethiopia struggles with its worst drought in 50 years, farmers pin their hopes on seed delivered through emergency seed projects.


Smallholders in Rwanda and Zambia to enhance wheat productivity through new project

June 28, 2016

A new project aims to over double wheat production in target areas of Zambia and Rwanda to help smallholders meet rising demand and cope with high import costs.


Education, supportive policies key to making biotechnology work for Africa

June 27, 2016

Increasing public understanding and creating supportive policies key recommendations at a session on boosting Africa’s use of biotechnology.


New Publications: Land availability and smallholder development in Zambia

June 27, 2016

New publications from CIMMYT staff cover challenges in land availability in Zambia among other updates in maize and wheat.


Building a sustainable future: A history of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

June 23, 2016

Since 2004, conservation agriculture has helped farmers in southern Africa maintain and boost yields, protect the environment and increase profits.


CIMMYT’s knowledge sharing efforts contribute to improved seed production in Africa

June 23, 2016

A training held from June 13 – 23, 2016 emphasized hand pollination in maize variety development and seed multiplication.


Bhutan and Bangladesh join forces to combat threat of rust diseases

June 22, 2016

For the first time, Bhutan and Bangladesh are collaborating on evaluating Bangladeshi wheat lines for resistance to yellow and leaf rusts.


Action needed to adapt maize breeding to climate change, report shows

June 20, 2016

Breeding and seed systems must immediately adapt to changing climates if major loss of maize yields is to be avoided, a new report shows.


Seeding the future: Emergency support for drought-affected farmers in Ethiopia

June 13, 2016

The 2015-2016 El Niño has led to drought leaving 10.2 million people – more than 1 in 10 Ethiopians – in need of emergency food assistance.


CIMMYT expands registered maize hybrids to western Nepal

June 7, 2016

CIMMYT and partners are supporting the expansion of registered hybrid maize and to help increase the crop’s productivity throughout the country.


Maize seed systems in Africa: Understanding the basics

June 7, 2016

Since 2006, CIMMYT has developed 200 drought-tolerant varieties and hybrids, many of which possess desirable traits such as resistance to major diseases.


Genetically engineered crops safe to grow and eat, U.S. National Academy of Sciences concludes

June 1, 2016

GE crops are as safe to eat as conventionally bred crops and have benefited the environment and ecosystem diversity, according to a new study


African ambassadors to Zimbabwe support improved agriculture technologies

May 30, 2016

Several African nation ambassadors to Zimbabwe pledged to step up support for improved agriculture technologies.


New Publications: Climate change’s impact on agriculture expected to have multi-sector effects

May 30, 2016

A new study predicts that climate change will have a large, secondary impacts on agricultural societies in sub-Saharan Africa.


CIMMYT, Mexico honor legacy of Norman Borlaug

May 27, 2016

To mark CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary, Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture launched a photo exhibition honoring Nobel Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug.


Improved maize fights drought in Malawi

May 26, 2016

As an El Niño-induced drought continues to devastate southern African food crops, CIMMYT promoted drought-tolerant maize to Malawian politicians.


Annual meeting highlights adoption of conservation agriculture in Sichuan, China

May 24, 2016

CIMMYT is expanding conservation agricultural practices aimed at enhancing the productivity of labor, land and capital in China’s Sichuan Province.


CIMMYT scientist to assume leadership role at the American Society of Agronomy

May 23, 2016

CIMMYT Principal Scientist Ortiz-Monasterio appointed as 2017 Global Agronomy Section Vice Chair of the American Society of Agronomy.


Maize: From Mexico to the world

May 20, 2016

For Mexicans, the “children of corn,” maize is entwined in life, history and tradition. It is not just a crop; it is central to their identity.