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Iran and CIMMYT join forces to boost wheat farming productivity

MEDIA RELEASE Heat- and drought-tolerant varieties and improved practices will raise farmers’ incomes, offer more affordable food and reduce costly imports Wheat farm in Moghan, Caspian Region, northe …


Global wheat breeding provides billions in benefits, CIMMYT study shows

Almost half the world’s wheat land is sown to varieties that come directly or indirectly from research by CGIAR scientists, according to a new report.


Global wheat breeding provides billions in benefits, CIMMYT study shows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Almost half the world’s wheat land is sown to varieties that come directly or indirectly from research by a longstanding, global network of crop scien …


Ethiopia Wheat Rust Scaling

Wheat is a traditional crop cultivated by about five million households on 1.6 million hectares in Ethiopia. Despite the country’s huge potential, the average wheat productivity of 2.5 tonnes per hect …


Researchers race to rescue wheat sample in war-torn Syria

With Syria torn apart by civil war, a team of scientists in Mexico and Morocco are rushing to save a vital sample of wheat’s ancient and massive genetic diversity, sealed in seed collections of an int …


Study reveals challenges in southern Africa’s soil carbon uptake

Cheesman in a direct-seeded maize-soybean rotation in Chavakadzi village, Shamva District, Zimbabwe. Photo: Christian Thierfelder A new study led by ETH Zürich graduate Stephanie Cheesman, along with …


Global conference underscores complex socio-economic role of wheat

A recent gathering of more than 600 scientists highlighted the complexity of wheat as a crop and emphasized the key role wheat research plays in ensuring global food security.


5th International Cereal Nematode Initiative Workshop

Photo: Participants signing in at the registration desk. Photo: Deliang Peng The 5th International Cereal Nematode Initiative (ICNI) Workshop was held in Ankara, Turkey, on 12-16 September 2015. Durin …


Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat

Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat. Credit: Linda McCandless Farmers in Ethiopia are banking on Kingbird, the latest variety of wheat to be released by the Ethiopian Institut …


Bhutan releases its first winter wheat variety

In Bhutan, wheat is an important cereal for farmers at high altitudes, where its area of cultivation is considerable. However, in recent years, the winter wheat area has declined owing to numerous cir …


Statistical support for the Turkish wheat community

The soilborne pathogens (SBP) program at CIMMYT-Turkey, a Grain Research Development Corporation (GRDC) funded project, hosted two biometricians from the GRDC project Statistics for the Australian Gra …


Impacts of international wheat improvement research: 1994 – 2014

Improved wheat varieties developed using CGIAR breeding lines, either in cross-pollinations or as direct releases, cover more than 100 million hectares — nearly two-thirds of the area sown to improved …


Replacing gender myths and assumptions with knowledge

If we are to be truly successful in improving the lives of farmers and consumers in the developing world, we need to base our interventions on the best evidence available.


Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program

The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program aims to enhance and protect the productivity of wheat in Pakistan by supporting research that leads to the identification, adoption, and optimal agronomic ma …


Sustainable Wheat and Maize Production in Afghanistan

This project aims to sustainably increase wheat and maize production in Afghanistan through the introduction of improved, drought-tolerant seed varieties that are adapted to the diverse agro-climatic …


Value of CGIAR wheat estimated at up to $3.8 billion a year, research shows

Wheat bred by the CGIAR consortium of agricultural researchers has a huge global reach.


Seed improvement to prevent rust disease key to boosting wheat productivity

A new project in Ethiopia aims to improve the livelihoods of wheat farmers by encouraging the development and multiplication of high-yielding, rust-resistant bread and durum wheat varieties.


Azerbaijan and Georgia showcase progress in wheat breeding during IWWIP Traveling Seminar

The International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) held its 2015 International Winter Wheat Traveling Seminar in Azerbaijan and Georgia on 24 May. More than 40 participants from 18 countries a …


Martin Kropff, new CIMMYT Director General, embraces science for impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Martin Kropff, who takes the helm as director general at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) this week, considers science th …


Australian visit to CIMMYT-Turkey strengthens decades-long collaboration

The CIMMYT Australia ICARDA Germplasm Evaluation Project (CAIGE) organized a visit for Australian breeders to Turkey during 19 April-3 May. Participants learned about the germplasm evaluation and sele …