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Public initiatives key to harnessing genetic diversity for food security, says genetic resources expert

November 3, 2016

Public initiatives to facilitate the use of genetic resources must be promoted to demonstrate the value they add to agriculture for development and food security.


Conference highlights urgent need to harness genetic resources for future food security

November 1, 2016

The International Agrobiodiversity Congress provides a platform for farmers, scientists, policymakers and industry leaders to share their experiences in agrobiodiversity management and genetic resourc …


New Publications: How to better breed maize for future climates in Latin America

October 25, 2016

New study reveals findings to help increase drought and heat tolerance in Latin American maize.


Growing more with less: Improving productivity, resilience and sustainability in Africa

October 24, 2016

Sustainable intensification is helping farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa become more productive, while adapting to and mitigating climate change.


Weeding out the losses: Striga challenges in Kenya

October 18, 2016

The Striga weed is one of the leading causes of crop loss in western Kenya, a significant dent to farmers’ livelihoods and major hindrance to food security in the area.


Private sector seed distribution vital for food security, World Food Prize delegates say

October 12, 2016

Public-private collaborations can deliver improved seeds to smallholder farmers faster, speeding up global efforts to meet food security targets.


Wheat in the pouring rain: Climate-smart sowing method boosts yields in India

October 10, 2016

Farmers in the neighboring state of Bihar, India, sow wheat using zero tillage. Photo: CSISA/CIMMYT EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Zero tillage, the agricultural practice of sowing seed directly into unp …


Food security requires acceleration of advanced science, not just “feeding,” CIMMYT 50 delegates say

September 29, 2016

The agriculture for development sector must begin “nourishing” families with nutrition-sensitive interventions instead of focusing on “feeding,” says Lindiwe Majele Sibanda.


Gene bank crowdfunding campaign gains traction with commercial seed industry

September 27, 2016

A pledge of $10,000 by international plant breeding company KWS has given a big boost to an online crowdfunding initiative aiming to help maintain the world’s largest maize and wheat germplasm bank.


CIMMYT museum highlights cultural aspects of maize and wheat

September 21, 2016

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 …


A Chat With: DuPont Pioneer president points to technology to boost yields

September 21, 2016

Data and predictive analytics can help seeds reach their full yield by providing farmers with information and management advice, said DuPont Pioneer President Peter Shickler.


European Space Agency selects CIMMYT to pilot new remote sensing project

September 8, 2016

CIMMYT has been selected by the European Space Agency to have access to the pilot version of the Sen2-Agri processing system and receive training on its use.


A Chat With: Mark Lynas – sustainable agriculture key to food security amid climate change

August 23, 2016

Sustainable agricultural practices are key to feeding the global population in the face of climate change said Environmentalist Mark Lynas.


A Chat With: U.S. nutritionist Julie Miller Jones speaks out about GE crops

August 16, 2016

Leading nutritionist sets out to educate the general public on the benefits of genetically modified crops.


New Publications: Study reveals new insights about machinery adoption in Bangladesh

August 10, 2016

In this list of recent publications, we discuss new ways how development practitioners and policy makers can approach machinery adoption in Bangladesh.


CIMMYT and partners set the pace in maize and wheat research in Africa

July 27, 2016

State-of-art research facilities leap Africa’s Agricultural potential through modern research.


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.


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.


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.


New Publications: Advances in breeding for future climates

June 10, 2016

New advances in heat-tolerant wheat in South Asia and how physiological breeding can help increase yields.