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Two new maize hybrids released in Bolivia

July 9, 2013

Bolivia’s National Institute for Agricultural, Livestock and Forestry Innovation (INIAF), in collaboration with CIMMYT, released two new maize hybrids, INIAF H1 and INIAF HQ2, targeting drought-prone …


IMAS phenotyping locations

July 8, 2013

Four new maize varieties released in Ethiopia

June 26, 2013

A happy farmer holding cobs of BH547 (right hand) and BH546 (left hand). The national productivity of maize, one of the most important staple crops grown in Ethiopia, is close to 3 tons/ha, a 50% incr …


MasAgro partners explore the nutritional and industrial uses of corn starch

June 24, 2013

Although many of us know that cereals such as maize contain starch, very few of us are aware of its usefulness and numerous applications. Luis Arturo Bello from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN …


Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia and gender

May 16, 2013

The Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) aims to develop and promote quality protein maize (QPM) in the major maize growing areas of Ethiopia, including the highlands and the dry lands, to improve nut …


Honoring Dr. Evangelina Villegas Moreno, celebrating science and humanity

May 14, 2013

“I am so excited to be here,” said Dr. Evangelina Villegas as she received her Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Grain Science and Industry at the Kansas State University (KSU) at CIMMYT …


Successful partners’ day at CIMMYT-Harare showcasing research work

April 29, 2013

The value of CIMMYT’s research work is enhanced through partnerships supporting the development and dissemination of new maize production technologies. To encourage this collaboration, the CIMMYT Sout …


Agrovegetal and CIMMYT renew alliance

April 26, 2013

On 12 April 2013, CIMMYT director general Thomas Lumpkin and José Ortega Cabello, chairman of the Campo de Tejada cooperative in Spain, signed a five-year extension of a collaborative agreement betwee …


Provitamin A biofortified orange maize reaches farmers in Zambia

April 15, 2013

With over 50% of Zambian children under five vitamin A deficient, Zambia faces a major public health problem. This has resulted in several government intervention programs including vitamin A suppleme …


Zinc-rich wheat reaches communities in eastern India

March 20, 2013

In the continuous effort to increase awareness of wheat biofortification and its use to improve health and quality of life in eastern India, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Mahamana Krishak Samiti far …


India’s Economic Survey and Budget 2013: What’s in store for agriculture?

March 15, 2013

In the latest Union Budget, which was presented by India’s finance minister P. Chidambaram to the Parliament on 28 February 2013, the Government of India re-emphasized its commitment to inclusive grow …


Women entering the workforce raises wheat consumption

March 7, 2013

Nicole Mason is an assistant professor of International Development at the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Currently on long-term assignment with …


Achieving food security through seed security in Timor-Leste

February 25, 2013

In Timor-Leste, maize is the main staple crop grown by 88% of farming households. However, availability of quality seed of improved maize varieties is a major bottleneck for enhancing crop production …


1st National Workshop on Forage Maize

February 22, 2013

To discuss possible expansion of MasAgro activities to include maize for use as forage and silage, the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in col …


Global Maize Program meeting: The old and the new intersect in Kathmandu

February 5, 2013

Lone Badstue (CIMMYT gender and monitoring and evaluation specialist; third from left, bottom) talks with four coordinators of community-based seed production groups in Nepal (top, from right). Also p …


Is wheat a perfect, chronic poison?

January 31, 2013

A new book makes a number of controversial claims about wheat. Once you sort through the hyperbole and hysteria, here’s the news flash: Wheat is not a poison. Millions of people eat it every day. Howe …


CIMMYT mourns the passing of Twumasi-Afriyie, creator of the quality protein maize Obatanpa

January 14, 2013

On 03 January 2013, 63-year-old Ghanaian-born maize breeder Strafford Twumasi-Afriyie succumbed to cancer, leaving a substantive legacy that includes the creation of the world’s most widely-sown quali …


Tropicalized maize haploid inducers for doubled haploid-based breeding

December 28, 2012

The doubled haploid (DH) technology enables rapid development of completely homozygous maize lines and offers significant opportunities for fast-track development and release of elite cultivars. Besid …


HarvestPlus wheat varieties fight zinc and iron deficiency in India

December 10, 2012

A series of farmer-scientist interaction meetings to create awareness of HarvestPlus and new biofortified wheat varieties with high zinc and iron content, involve farmers in participatory varietal sel …


More Kenyans to benefit from improved grain storage technologies

November 26, 2012

“Maize research in the country has contributed to increased productivity by developing high yielding hybrid varieties that give quick returns to the farmers. However, 30% of post-harvest losses incurr …