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Helping farming families thrive while fighting climate change in Mexico

November 9, 2017

Women and youth help lead efforts to adopt climate-friendly farming and safeguard indigenous maize yields   Farmers walk through a field that has been cleared by slash and burn agriculture in the …


Borlaug Dialogue delegates widen net to curb threat from fall armyworm

November 5, 2017

World Food Prize laureates have joined forces with an international alliance battling the fall armyworm, an aggressive pest indigenous to the Americas with a voracious appetite, and now widespread thr …


Breaking Ground: Clare Stirling sees no silver bullets to control agriculture’s emissions

November 1, 2017

Scientist Clare Stirling describes how agriculture can reduce its emissions and adapt to climate change.


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

October 17, 2017

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production f …


Borlaug Dialogue delegates to discuss strategy for tackling Fall Armyworm menace in Africa

October 14, 2017

B.M. Prasanna at 2017 Borlaug Dialogue on expert panel to discuss the strategic approach for managing the pest menace in Africa.


New screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya

October 3, 2017

The maize lethal necrosis screening site in Kenya will begin its second screening cycle of 2017 at the end of October.


Drought tolerant maize provides extra 9 months of food for farming families

September 29, 2017

A new study shows that drought tolerant maize varieties can provide farming families in Zimbabwe an extra 9 months of food at no additional cost.


Second-generation haploid inducers: Now available

September 22, 2017

The second generation of tropically adapted haploid inducers developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) are now available for use by interested breeders and institution …


Maize biofortification fights malnutrition in Pakistan

September 13, 2017

In the face of endemic malnutrition, researchers in Pakistan are turning to biofortified maize to combat vitamin A, zinc and protein deficiencies.


Zimbabwe enacts new strategy in fall armyworm fight

August 28, 2017

The fall armyworm has since caused significant damage on over 280,000 hectares of maize in Africa since 2015. Zimbabwe established a fall armyworm working group in July this year to bring all stakehol …


Public-private partnerships boost maize productivity in Pakistan

August 8, 2017

A recently held traveling seminar brought together private and public seed partners in Pakistan to enhance maize production and productivity in order to meet current demand and plan for future needs.


Breaking Ground: Scientist L.M. Suresh uses new technology to fight maize lethal necrosis disease in eastern Africa

August 3, 2017

Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease is putting maize production at risk in eastern Africa, escalating food insecurity in the region.


New tools help breeders fight emerging challenges in maize

August 1, 2017

Researchers from across the globe assembled in Nairobi for a 10-day training course on increasing genetic gains in maize by integrating novel technologies in breeding.


New online portal offers information to curb maize lethal necrosis in Africa

July 24, 2017

The new maize lethal necrosis online portal provides up-to-date information and surveillance tools to help researchers control and stop the spread of the deadly disease.


New Publications: Better post-harvest storage can raise vitamin A intake 25 percent in Zambia

July 13, 2017

Recent modeling studies in Zambia suggest that provitamin A maize’s impact is being cut short by the low retention of carotenoids during storage and postharvest grain loss.


Zimbabwe steps up food security with vitamin A maize

July 12, 2017

More farmers in Zimbabwe are demanding high-yielding, highly nutritious and drought tolerant provitamin A maize.


Breaking Ground: Mainassara Zaman-Allah uses remote sensing to expedite phenotyping

July 6, 2017

Mainassara Zaman-Allah uses new technologies to speed up the collection of plant information for breeding.


Increased investment needed to adapt Africa’s agriculture to climate change

July 5, 2017

Delegates at a conference in June called for a new focus and increase in investment to ensure eastern and southern Africa’s farming systems can withstand the impacts of climate change.


Farmers at center of sustainable agriculture in Kenya

June 30, 2017

Climate change’s impact in eastern and southern Africa has driven many farmers to seek new planting techniques that maintain or increase crop production, despite fewer resources.


New Provitamin A maize platform fights hidden hunger in Tanzania

June 19, 2017

Joyce Maru is a capacity development & communications specialist at the International Potato Center A farmer prepares maize porridge using Provitamin A maize. Photo: R.Lunduka/CIMMYT Vitamin A def …