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Strategizing for the future: adapting to a changing agricultural landscape

Forging major change is never simple, but one of my top priorities upon taking the helm at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) as director general last year was to develop a …

Empowering women to eliminate residue burning for better human and soil health

A leading NGO is working together with CIMMYT in India to generate awareness among women about climate-smart practices.

Unpacking our biases for better gender research

Shelley Feldman, recently retired professor at Cornell University, gives a keynote speech on gender balance in agriculture at CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary conference. CIMMYT/Alfonso Arredondo. MEXICO CIT …

A leading NGO joins hands with CIMMYT-CCAFS to empower women farmers

NGO partnership brings new capacity building opportunities.

CIMMYT museum highlights cultural aspects of maize and wheat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CIMMYT’s new museum highlights the past, present and future of maize and wheat research. Photo: S. Storr/CIMMYT EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – A new museum in Mexico provides histor …

“Invisible women” hold key to food security – ex-WFP chief Catherine Bertini

Despite the large numbers of women working on farms, their voices are not heard by international development policymakers, handicapping global efforts to achieve food security, Catherine Bertini says.

Beating the odds: Indigenous female scientist gets Mexico’s National Youth Award

CIMMYT PhD fellow Tania Martínez receives Mexican National Youth Award for her outstanding performance in academic achievement.

Learning from 8,000 people to integrate gender into agricultural research

It is often a mystery why a new agricultural technology or practice can be successful in one community yet fail to have the desired effect in another.

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

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

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

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

New Publications: Maize Lethal Necrosis survey reveals farmer impact, future needs

A new study reveals the need for continued development of maize varieities resistant to MLN and strengthening farmer resilience.

A woman for wheat: Maricelis Acevedo takes on new role

Maricelis Acevedo, newly appointed associate director for science for the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat project left her island home of Puerto Rico in 2003 to pursue a career as a pathologist and h …

Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat

Climate-change-induced heat stress and disease pathogens migrating across borders threaten the world’s wheat supply and food security in Africa and the Middle East. Building on the Durable Rust Resist …


GENNOVATE is a global comparative research initiative which addresses the question of how gender norms influence men, women and youth to adopt innovation in agriculture and natural resource management …

At 50-year mark, CIMMYT scientists strive for gender equity

Efforts to meet agricultural needs of women farmers to bolster global food security took shape in CIMMYT’s early days.

Participatory approaches to gender in agricultural development

For gender specialist Mulunesh Tsegaye participatory approaches are the best way of ensuring agricultural development projects are responsive to gender dynamics.

INFOGRAPHIC: Reducing the gender gap in agriculture

To mark International Women’s Day 2016, CIMMYT created an infographic to highlight the importance of reducing the gender gap in agriculture.

Moving beyond agriculture’s gender status quo

We have to commit to also include women and others who were largely overlooked in agriculture in the past.

A granny’s boundless resilience and strength, a pillar for women maize farmers

Women play a major role in African agriculture. Purity Wanjiku, of Kenya, is a pillar for women in her village who depend on her land to grow food for their families.

Q+A: Ignore preconceptions, stake claim on science, CIMMYT’s Natalia Palacios tells women, girls

Discrimination in the science sector remains a significant challenge to achieving gender balance in education and professional research, said Natalia Palacios, a top maize researcher.