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Fall armyworm reported in India: battle against the pest extends now to Asia

August 13, 2018

A fall armyworm found on maize plants in Khamman district, Telangana state, India. (Photo: ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research) The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, a devastating insect …


New Publications: Increasing food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan African maize-based food systems, a technological perspective

July 5, 2018

Two experimental lines of provitamin A-enriched orange maize, Zambia. Photo: CIMMYT. A new study from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Wageningen University examines t …


Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during July 2018

June 21, 2018

The third installment of the 2018 maize lethal necrosis (MLN) phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle will be held in July 2018 at the MLN artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya. Int …


Seed companies are responsible for creating demand for quality protein maize

June 12, 2018

Recently, the CIMMYT-led, Global Affairs Canada-funded, Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia project has led field visits for a number of high-level stakeholders.


Tar Spot Complex a potential big black spot on US maize economy

May 30, 2018

A new study shows that nearly 12 million hectares of the maize-growing USA, approximately 33 percent of the entire maize-growing area of the country, might be vulnerable to a disease called Tar Spot C …


Preserving native maize and culture in Mexico

May 21, 2018

Felipa Martinez shows off some of her family’s maize from last year’s harvest. Photo: Matthew O’Leary Felipa Martinez, an indigenous Mexican grandmother, grins as she shows off a bag bulging with maiz …


Farmers in Ethiopia willing to pay more for quality protein maize

April 18, 2018

In Ethiopia, 44 percent of children under the age of five experience impaired growth due to poor nutrition. Quality protein maize helps combat stunting and boosts nutrition in children who survive on …


Breaking ground: Mike Olsen uses new technology to improve farmer’s yields

March 12, 2018

Mike Olsen, upstream research coordinator for CIMMYT maize program, works with scientists to use new technologies to increase breeding program efficiency and genetic gain.


First zinc maize variety launched to reduce malnutrition in Colombia

February 28, 2018

A new CIMMYT developed zinc-enriched maize variety was released in Colombia to help combat malnutrition in South America.


New zinc enriched maize set to improve nutrition in Colombia

February 21, 2018

Cali, Colombia (CIMMYT) – The first zinc-enriched maize variety developed for South America will be released in Colombia on February 23 in an effort to combat malnutrition in the country. Developed us …


New Publications: Storage of maize products results in vitamin loss

February 15, 2018

Biofortification of crops through traditional breeding techniques has become very common in the fight against malnutrition globally. Biofortified provitamin A maize is bred to produce increased carote …


Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during April 2018

February 12, 2018

The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2018 at the begining of January 2018 and in four othe …


African and global experts release guide to manage fall armyworm, a critical threat to crops in Africa

February 6, 2018

An evidence-based manual details technologies and management approaches to tackle this grave food security threat Nairobi, Kenya (CIMMYT) – The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda; FAW) was first con …


“Bazooka” maize makes a bang in Uganda

February 1, 2018

Photo: Christopher Bendana Unprecedented droughts have hit Uganda’s farmers hard in recent years, affecting household income and food security by drastically cutting maize yields, a staple crop in the …


New technical guide to help farmers protect against fall armyworm

January 30, 2018

Nairobi, Kenya (CIMMYT) – A new comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM)-based technical guide produced by international experts will help scientists, extension agents and farmers to tackle the …


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

January 26, 2018

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


CIMMYT research publications sow seeds in academic world

January 24, 2018

CIMMYT scientists produce a lot more than just improved maize and wheat varieties.


$8.9m investment to reduce malnutrition in Ethiopia and Malawi

December 19, 2017

Farmers group & demonstration drought tolerant (DT) maize plot in farmers field, Lobu Koromo village, Hawassa Zuria district. Photo: CIMMYT/P. Lowe A multidisciplinary team of researchers includin …


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 …