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IMAS technical staff undergo training to manage risks during confined field trials

Participants mark the field during the practical segment of the training session. Picture: Titus Kosgei/CIMMYT By Florence Sipalla Ten members of the technical staff from the Improved Maize for Africa …


Afghan researchers learn the essentials of wheat rust management

By Rajiv Sharma/CIMMYT Wheat has been receiving a lot of attention ever since new races of destructive fungi emerged, threatening the world’s second most important food crop. The onslaught of stem rus …


Update: CIMMYT maize inbred lines and pre-commercial hybrids with potential resistance to maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

By B.M. Prasanna/CIMMYT Since 2011 MLN has become a disease of serious concern in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and possibly Rwanda. CIMMYT has been working in close collaboration with the Kenya Agricultura …


Update: CIMMYT maize inbred lines and pre-commercial hybrids with potential resistance to maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

Since 2011 MLN has become a disease of serious concern in the east African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and possibly Rwanda. CIMMYT has been working in close collaboration with the Kenya Agric …


Researchers learn use of equipment for improved phenotyping

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Andrew Chavangi demonstrates the use of a seed counter. Amini Mataka, a research officer for CIMMYT’s Southern Africa Regional Office in Zimbabwe, was one of many Water Effici …


Maize-free window to curb spread of disease in Kenya

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Buoyed by the success of a campaign to curb the spread of maize lethal necrosis (MLN), the farming community around the Kiboko Crops Research Station in Makueni County, Kenya, …


Seed systems team strategizes and plans for Africa

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT   The CIMMYT-Africa seed systems team met in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 February to take stock of progress in 2013, identify challenges and brainstorm on turning those challe …


Behind the science: wheat researcher in Kenya screens against devastating disease

By Ma Concepción Castro /CIMMYT CIMMYT’s sole Kenya-based wheat researcher, Sridhar Bhavani, works in the heart of the center’s efforts to develop wheat resistant to stem rust in Sub-Saharan Africa. C …


SIMLESA-supported innovation platforms inspire Kenya’s farmers

By Michael Arunga/CIMMYT Farmers in Siaya and Bungoma counties of western Kenya, a region with low agricultural productivity, are embracing good agricultural practices and increasing their harvests th …


CIMMYT leads fight against lethal maize disease in eastern Africa

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT is leading collaborative research efforts to control the deadly maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease that is devastating crops in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. F …


CIMMYT leadership pays Kenyan Deputy President a courtesy call

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Photo: Dominic Odhiambo, Kenya Deputy President’s office. Members of the executive committee of CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees and Management Committee, along with the director …


Partnerships lead to measurable impacts for Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project is an outgrowth of more than a decade of maize physiology research. It builds on more than 10 years of promoting the inclusion of selection for dro …


Capacity building works to combat wheat rusts

Photo: CIMMYT For the fifth consecutive year, scientists from around the world met at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) facility in Njoro for training on “Standardization of Stem Rust N …


Partnerships deliver drought-tolerant maize to African farmers

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Partners from 13 countries working with the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project said they benefitted from its help during the 201 …


Tough sacrifices made to overcome maize lethal necrosis disease in Kenya

By Wandera Ojanji /CIMMYT Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The farming community around the Kiboko Crops Research Station in Makueni County, Kenya, has agreed to stop growing maize for two months to help …


New facilities inaugurated in Kenya to aid agriculture in East Africa

By Miriam Shindler/CIMMYT Felix Koskei, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, unveils the plaque of the Doubled Haploid Facility in Kiboko, Makueni County. Looking on is Bodduppali Prasanna, dire …


Learning to breed insect-resistant maize at CIMMYT-Kenya

“The trip was an eye opener for me. We have no mass rearing facility in Ethiopia; neither do we practice artificial infestation of stem borers. We only undertake natural infestation for our trials, wh …


Stepping up the fight against maize lethal necrosis in Eastern Africa

“I can now identify with accuracy plants affected with maize lethal necrotic disease,” stated Regina Tende, PhD student attached to CIMMYT, after attending the CIMMYT-Kenya Agricultural Research Insti …


Curbing maize postharvest losses key to attaining food security in Kenya

Kenya has experienced tremendous improvements in maize productivity, rising from 1,530,000 metric tons in 2002 to 3,420,000 in 2011. However, postharvest losses of up to 40% of the harvested grain pos …


Dealing with a deadly maize disease in eastern Africa: an update

“Maize is Africa’s most important cereal crop, with more than 300 million of Africa’s most vulnerable people depending on it for their food security and livelihoods,” says B.M. Prasanna, director of C …