We hope you enjoy this edition of the e-News and the accounts of CIMMYT and partners' work to reduce hunger and improve livelihoods through research on maize and wheat.
Water-saving techniques salvage wheat in drought-stricken Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's 2012 drought and high temperatures cut the country's wheat harvests by more than half from 2011 output, but wheat under zero-tillage practices gave up to 10 times more grain than conventionally cultivated crops. Two million hectares are currently under zero tillage, making Kazakhstan one of the top-ten countries for conservation agriculture and helping to avoid severe wheat shortages.
Far in the south Pacific and seeking food security: East Timor farmers adopt improved maize seed
Through five years of on-farm trials supported by the governments of East Timor and Australia using locally-suited crop varieties provided by five centers of the CGIAR-Consortium, small-scale farmers in East Timor learned about and acquired seed of improved maize and other key food crops, as well as improved cropping practices. The hungry season for the major staple, maize, was significantly reduced among adopters and, with more recent support from the project and East Timor's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, communities are producing improved maize seed to satisfy local demand for this input.
The agricultural relay: Helping smallholder farmers reap the most from maize seed
Just as a relay is a team effort, making high-quality, locally-suited seed of drought tolerant maize available to farmers involves the contributions of many people and organizations—including seed companies—who work together.
A field interview: Maize in a Nepalese Women's Cooperative
Episode 5 of the series "A field interview" follows a group of women growing maize for themselves and for their community in a self-started cooperative, with support of the the Hill Maize Research Program (HMRP) coordinated by CIMMYT and funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
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 though 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.
The passing of Dr. Gregorio Martínez Valdés: CIMMYT's invaluable link to Mexico
El Batan, Mexico, 07 April 2013. With great sadness, the CIMMYT community today marks the passing of Dr. Gregorio Martínez Valdés, who retired from CIMMYT in 2001 after a distinguished career of 39 years, most notably in inter-institutional relations. Martínez succumbed to cancer and was 77 years old.
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