There is a growing awareness that feeding ourselves -- amidst climate change, population growth, and natural resource degradation -- is a significant issue for the planet.


Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Mexican dignitaries visit CIMMYT to inaugurate Bioscience facilities

Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Mexican dignitaries visit CIMMYT to inaugurate Bioscience facilities
The new bioscience complex will allow researchers to speed the development of valuable seed, by way of more precise characterization of its genetic traits, such as heat and drought tolerance, disease and pest resistance, and seed health, as well as the nutritional and industrial quality of the grain. CIMMYT was the cradle of the Green Revolution 60 years ago. By providing cutting-edge facilities and an enhanced research capacity, this alliance will significantly improve farm productivity.

Bhutan maize bears quality protein and defies fungus

Bhutan maize bears quality protein and defies fungus
A 2007 outbreak of gray leaf spot, a highly-destructive fungal disease of maize, was a dramatic setback for Bhutanese maize farmers, many of whom lost nearly all of their harvests.

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

CIMMYT mourns the passing of Twumasi-Afriyie, creator of the quality protein maize Obatanpa
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 quality protein maize (QPM) variety, Obatanpa.

Is wheat a perfect, chronic poison?

Is wheat a perfect, chronic poison?
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. However, wheat — like eggs or peanuts — can make you sick. A small percentage of people are unable to eat wheat due to allergy or health reasons.

Australia and CIMMYT

Australia and CIMMYT
Australia and CIMMYT are working together to improve wheat varieties for farmers in Australia and further afield. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) supports a number of CIMMYT projects including the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and South Africa (SIMLESA).

Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in Kenya and Tanzania: Facts and actions

Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in Kenya and Tanzania: Facts and actions
A serious new disease of maize appeared in the farmers’ fields in eastern Africa in 2011. Called maize lethal necrosis (MLN; or corn lethal necrosis, CLN), it can devastate maize crops.
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