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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 …


W4A Day One: Food security, consumer demand, and changing the way Africa sees wheat

October 8, 2012

It’s day one at Wheat for Food Security in Africa, and Cobus Le Roux has just finished outlining the production, constraints, market, and future of wheat in Southern Africa. This morning participants …


Combating Gray Leaf Spot with high-yielding and QPM maize varieties in Bhutan

August 6, 2012

Maize is one of the major staples in Bhutan and is cultivated by about 70 percent of households throughout the country. Poor farmers sustain their families by consuming maize as a staple food, using i …


Nutritionally-enhanced maize reaching Filipino farmers and families

July 20, 2012

Agricultural extension agents are getting seed of quality protein maize to the mountainous areas in the Philippines and encouraging smallholder farmers in its use. Widespread use of this nutritionally …


Boosting adoption and utilization of orange maize in Zambia

July 17, 2012

In Zambia, 54 percent of children are Vitamin A-deficient; a condition resulting in poor eyesight, low immunity, and high rates of mortality. The HarvestPlus Challenge Program is hoping to rectify thi …


New greenhouse supports research on yellow rust in Nepal

May 14, 2012

December, 2004 On December 1, CIMMYT handed over a greenhouse to the Plant Pathology Division of the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC). Built with the support of CIMMYT’s project on foliar pa …


New edition of popular field guide on maize diseases

May 14, 2012

December, 2004 Reducing Damage to Grain Stores of the Poor Saving grain from hungry pests can significantly improve the food security and livelihoods of farm households in the developing world’s poore …


Tribute to Hugo Córdova: the passing of a great scientist and hunger fighter

May 14, 2012

The CIMMYT community and friends across the globe mourn the loss of maize breeder and distinguished scientist, Hugo Salvador Córdova Orellana, who died on 25 December 2009. Córdova worked for more tha …


Resistant wheats and Ethiopian farmers battle deadly fungus

May 14, 2012

When a devastating stripe rust epidemic hit Ethiopia last year, newly-released wheat varieties derived from international partnerships proved resistant to the disease, and are now being multiplied for …


Improved maize varieties and partnerships welcomed in Bhutan

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 11, November 2008 Sandwiched between China and India, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a small country that relies on maize in a big way. But maize yields are typically low due to cro …


Moving uphill: Maize’s growing role in Ethiopia

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 1, January 2009   Fueled by high-yielding varieties and national initiatives to promote the crop in highland areas, maize’s popularity is mounting rapidly in Ethiopia. Be …


Bangladesh and CIMMYT: decades of partnership, commitment, and achievement

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 8, August 2008 Work by CIMMYT with researchers, extension workers, policymakers, and farmers in Bangladesh for nearly four decades has helped establish wheat and maize among t …


A model project

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 3 no. 3, March 2006   Donors and farmers agree – Project gets high marks for important work The Africa Maize Stress project (AMS), in which CIMMYT is a key partner, was termed …


I have farmed forever

May 14, 2012

June, 2005 How quality protein maize is changing lives in one Indonesian village. “I have farmed forever,” says Yasam Saanim. He works the steep slopes of the mountainous land near the village of Cari …