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Multi-pronged approach key for effectively defeating fall armyworm in Africa

April 28, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya (28 April 2017) – Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm pest to avoid economic hardship for smallholder farmers across Africa requires quick and coordinated action, a massi …


Global experts and stakeholders meet to develop fall armyworm emergency plan and management strategy for Africa

April 25, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya – Smallholder farmers in eastern, southern and western Africa are facing a major threat to their crops from the fall armyworm, which has so far damaged almost 300,000 hectares of maize. …


Tribute to Evangelina Villegas, co-creator of Quality-Protein Maize, 2000 World Food Prize laureate

April 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dr. Evangelina Villegas Moreno Tribute to Evangelina Villegas, Co-creator of Quality-Protein Maize and 2000 World Food Prize Laureate El BATAN, MEXICO, 24 APR 2017 — Illustrious …


Increasing genetic gains in maize through integration of novel tools and technologies

April 3, 2017

CIMMYT is organizing a two week international training course on increasing genetic gains through integration of novel tools and technologies.


New maize hybrid shows resistance to stem borers in South Africa

March 22, 2017

Smallholder farmers in South Africa can now access and grow new maize varieties with transgenic resistance to stem borers, the most damaging insect pest of maize.


Quality Assurance and Quality Control Training Workshop on Maize Seed Value Chains

March 13, 2017

CIMMYT will conduct a regional training workshop on quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) of maize seed value chains in Nairobi, Kenya from May 17-19, 2017.


Breaking Ground: Xuecai Zhang prepares future generation of crop breeders

February 28, 2017

Xuecai Zhang wants to merge traditional maize breeding methods with new software and other tools to help improve farmers’ yields faster than ever.


Stronger African seed sector to benefit smallholder farmers and economy

February 23, 2017

Despite its large-scale impact across Africa, smallholder farming largely remains a low technology, subsistence activity.


Scientists tackle deadly fall armyworm infestation devastating maize in southern Africa

February 23, 2017

Smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa are facing a new threat as a plague of intrepid fall armyworms creeps across the region, so far damaging an estimated 287,000 hectares of maize.


Pakistan releases first quality protein maize varieties

February 23, 2017

Pakistan is releasing quality protein maize for commercial consumption, which could help boost nutrition across the country where nearly half of all children are chronically malnourished.


Radio broadcast highlights maize improvement in Pakistan

February 16, 2017

Public and private sector maize stakeholders came together to discuss CIMMYT’s maize interventions and innovations in Pakistan during a recent radio interview.


Ugandan farmer boosts profits from improved maize

February 13, 2017

Sam Olum started commercial maize farming three years ago in Lira District, situated approximately 340 km north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.


Klein Karoo’s business knowledge winning in Mozambique

February 10, 2017

Despite struggles to reclaim its former glory, several agricultural multinationals are setting up shop in Mozambique, and reaping great benefits.


Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

February 6, 2017

Scientists unlock evolutionary secrets of landraces through a study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis of flowering time and how maize adapts to variable environments.


Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

February 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Scientists have unlocked evolutionary secrets of landraces through an unprecedented study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis …


New cycle of maize lethal necrosis germplasm screening to begin at Kenya site in May 2017

February 3, 2017

Artificial inoculation of maize germplasm at the MLN screening site in Naivasha, Kenya. B. Wawa/CIMMYT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The first screening activity for the 2017A planti …


Scientists harness efforts to increase use of stress tolerant maize by smallholder farmers

January 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KAMPALA, Uganda (CIMMYT) – The agricultural research sector is taking aim at a longtime foe of African smallholder farmers — old seeds. More than 100 research partners and funde …


New Publications: How to maintain food security under climate change

January 26, 2017

An internationally coordinated approach is key to breed and deploy crops resilient to climate change effects.


Partners invited to apply for allocation of second set of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids

January 25, 2017

National agricultural research systems and seed companies are invited to apply for the allocation of pre-commercial hybrids, after which they will be able to register, produce and offer the improved s …


New Publications: Africa’s future cereal production

January 9, 2017

Cereal yields in sub-Saharan Africa must increase to 80 percent of their potential by 2050 to meet the enormous increase in demand for food.