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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 …


New Publications: Study shows improved maize decreases malnutrition

June 14, 2017

New evidence shows that not only do improved maize varieties increase crop productivity and farmer income, they can also decrease child malnutrition.


Breaking Ground: AbduRahman Beshir is revitalizing Pakistan’s maize sector

June 9, 2017

AbduRahman Beshir and his team are developing climate-resilient, biofortified and biotic stress-tolerant maize to enhance the maize seed sector.


Seed certification critical to quality seed production

June 8, 2017

To ensure that quality seed standards are maintained, CIMMYT supports partners such as national agricultural research institutions and seed producers in acquisition and production of pure early genera …


CIMMYT renames lab to honor Evangelina Villegas, World Food Prize laureate

June 7, 2017

El BATAN, Mexico, (CIMMYT) – To celebrate and expand the legacy of the late Evangelina Villegas Moreno, a pioneering Mexican cereal chemist who won the 2000 World Food Prize for co-developing quality …


Quality assurance and control ensure delivery of high quality maize seed to farmers

May 31, 2017

Representatives gathered to discuss how maize seed systems in Africa can be strengthened through quality assurance control measures.


New Publications: Sustainable agriculture boosts water savings in India

May 30, 2017

In northwestern India, growing maize is being advocated as an alternative to rice to address resource degradation challenges such as declining water tables and climate change induced variability in ra …


Tanzanian start-up rises to profitable maize business

May 29, 2017

CIMMYT supports seed company partners in enhancing their capacity to produce foundation and certified seed.


Maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility opens avenues for introducing novel maize germplasm in southern Africa

May 22, 2017

The maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility in southern Africa was officially opened in Zimbabwe on April 20, 2017.


New Publications: Maize variety replacement lags in sub-Saharan Africa

May 18, 2017

Sarah Nyamai, a farmer from Kalimoni Village in Machakos County, Kenya, harvests drought tolerant maize. Photo: B. Wawa/CIMMYT NAIROBI (CIMMYT) — A new study has revealed that sub-Saharan Africa’s ma …


Breaking Ground: Vijay Chaikam develops doubled haploid lines to accelerate maize breeding

May 10, 2017

Vijay Chaikam works as a scientist and manager at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center doubled haploid facility in Kiboko, Kenya.


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.