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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 …


Resource conservation technologies for maize and wheat cropping systems

May 14, 2012

In partnership with national agricultural research systems, non-government organizations, agri-business, and international centers, CIMMYT undertakes research on conservation agriculture and resource …


Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: Bangladesh tries maize cropping for feed

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 2, February 2009 Demand for maize has popped up across Asia, but much of the grain is enjoyed by poultry, not people. In Bangladesh, maize is a fairly new crop, yet demand in …


Supplying the world’s daily bread: Wheat Facts and Futures

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 4, June 2009 Increasing at only 0.9% each year, wheat production is lagging behind the demands of a global population that grows 1.5% or more annually. Recent price spikes, lo …


Saving Mexican maize farmers’ soil

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 10, October 2007 Resource-conserving practices introduced by a CIMMYT project are taking root among farmers in the central Mexican Highlands. In the fields above the community …


MasAgro: facing the future, reaffirming farmer focus

October 4, 2011

One key reason why small-scale maize farmers—particularly those in Mexico—hold on to their native varieties is their strong fear of failed crops in difficult years, according to Bram Govaerts, head of …


Congratulations to the second generation of CA graduates

August 8, 2011

A celebration was called for last Friday, 29 July 2011, when 24 technicians graduated from CIMMYT’s course in Conservation Agriculture (CA). Amidst the scenic setting of the Guest House Garden at El B …


The role of socio-economics in MasAgro

August 8, 2011

Socioeconomics will play a vital role in ensuring the success of MasAgro. To this end, a socio-economic inter-institutional group has been formed, with the first meeting held at CIMMYT on 27 July 2011 …


Conservation agriculture attracts Puebla farmers

May 7, 2011

One of the general objectives of Conservation Agriculture and MasAgro is to create linkages, or strengthen already exisiting relations, among private agricultural organizations. With this in mind, a C …


Visit of Slovakian Minister

November 16, 2007

Miroslav Jurena, Minister of Agriculture of the Slovak Republic, spent the day at El Batán on 15 November 2007 to learn about wheat research and related work in crop genetic resources and biotechnolog …


Award from AgroBIO-México to Silverio García

October 19, 2007

In a gala ceremony on 18 October at the National Anthropology and History Museum of Mexico, AgroBio-México recognized Silverio García’s PhD thesis as one of the best in the country. AgroBio-México is …


They did it … Permanent beds take off in northern Mexico

August 3, 2007

After years of research, things are starting to happen in the Yaqui Valley. Ken D Sayre and his agronomy team have been doing research on permanent bed planting with crop residue retention at the rese …


CIMMYT-Colombia maize enters the coffee zone

July 13, 2007

The June 2007 edition of the Colombian publication “Agricultura & Ganadería” (www. agriculturayganaderia.com) carried a report on the recently-released maize hybrid FNC 3056, developed for croppin …


Soil carbon experts gather at CIMMYT

April 27, 2007

Ever heard of the terms “carbon trading” or “carbon inventories?” They are now routinely bandied about by governments seeking to balance economic development with reduced impacts on global climates. I …


Visiting FAO dignitary promotes collaboration in agricultural biotechnology

April 21, 2007

Juan Izquierdo, Senior Crop Production Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO, visited CIMMYT’s El Batán research station on Thursday 19 April 2007. His discussions with center management an …


Toluca field day

March 30, 2007

CIMMYT’s Toluca field station has held another successful demonstration of reduced and zero till techniques to Mexican farmers. As superintendent of Toluca station, Fernando Delgado oversees the plant …


Project 10 meetings in Zimbabwe showcase center work on sustainable systems

February 9, 2007

During 30 January-03 February, members of CIMMYT Project 10, “Conservation agriculture for maize and wheat cropping systems,” held annual review and planning meetings in Harare, Zimbabwe. “The work we …


Farewell to Raj Gupta

February 9, 2007

On January 19, 2007, Raj Gupta stepped down as the CIMMYT Facilitator of the Rice-Wheat Consortium (RWC) based in New Delhi, India. When Raj assumed the leadership of the RWC, the technological founda …


Conservation agriculture: solution for Mexico’s maize farmers?

September 22, 2006

Using the conventional practices for growing maize in the state of Mexico—heavy tillage combined with removing and marketing residues—farmers are actually losing money, said CIMMYT research affiliate …


Turning on radios, tuning in to resource-conserving farm practices

September 15, 2006

A radio program in Nepal brings information to farmers in a language they understand. It’s Monday, 6:30 pm on Radio Birgunj, the voice of the plains in Southeastern Nepal. Fans for kilometers in all d …