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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 …


Scaling up research for impact

April 27, 2017

As part of a German Development Cooperation effort to aid the scaling up of agricultural innovations, Lennart Woltering recently joined CIMMYT’s Sustainable Intensification Program.


Maize breeding on track for climate change in Africa, scientist urges bigger investments

April 21, 2017

With appropriate funding, maize yields can continue to increase in extreme heat and drought conditions, scientists say.


New selection method allows for rapid development of improved maize varieties

March 30, 2017

MARS is helping maize breeders develop higher yielding and drought-tolerant improved varieties faster than ever before, according to a recent study from CIMMYT scientists.


CIMMYT launches new program to promote gender equity in agricultural research

March 7, 2017

In a move to bolster gender equity in agriculture, CIMMYT will launch a series of training courses promoting the integration gender awareness and analysis in research for development.


Breaking Ground: Monica Mezzalama keeps vital check on seed health and biosafety

February 22, 2017

Plant pathology expert Monica Mezzalama shares on keeping biosafety and seed health in check at CIMMYT.


Q+A: Scientist Thokozile Ndhlela inspires girls in Africa to embrace agriculture careers

February 16, 2017

CIMMYT maize breeder Thokozile Ndhlela interviewed on career and inspiring girls in Africa to embrace agriculture.


Engaging youth: beyond the buzzword

December 20, 2016

Researchers are seeking to re-engage rural youth who are increasingly abandoning agriculture to work in cities, raising the question who will grow our food in the future?


Cutting-edge tools promote conservation, use of biodiversity

December 4, 2016

CIMMYT scientists will present at the COP 13 conference on a new collection of tools and resources that could revolutionize maize breeding and promote genetic diversity conservation.


Three major commercial maize seed exporting countries in southern Africa found free from maize lethal necrosis

November 25, 2016

Three major commercial maize-growing and seed exporting countries in southern Africa were found to be so far free from the deadly maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease.


Sustainable agriculture poised to save Mayan rainforests from deforestation

November 21, 2016

Sustainable farming practices allow smallholder farmers to improve maize yields while reducing deforestation in Mexico, report finds.


New online learning platform offers capacity development for all

November 17, 2016

An online learning platform created in partnership with the Seeds of Discovery (SeeD) initiative will revolutionize the project’s capacity development efforts.


Drought and heat tolerant maize tackles climate change in southern Africa

November 16, 2016

CIMMYT’s drought-tolerant varieties have been delivered to three million farmers across Africa.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO visits CIMMYT

August 4, 2016

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann visited CIMMYT’s headquarters in Mexico.


Ancient maize varieties provide modern solution to tar spot complex

July 25, 2016

In southern Mexico and Central America a fungal maize disease known as tar spot complex is decimating yields, threatening local food security and livelihoods.


New seed storage facility in Kenya to bolster Africa’s maize research

July 6, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) – A new maize seed storage cold room is to be inaugurated by the directors general of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the International M …


Action needed to adapt maize breeding to climate change, report shows

June 20, 2016

Breeding and seed systems must immediately adapt to changing climates if major loss of maize yields is to be avoided, a new report shows.


Improved maize fights drought in Malawi

May 26, 2016

As an El Niño-induced drought continues to devastate southern African food crops, CIMMYT promoted drought-tolerant maize to Malawian politicians.


Maize: From Mexico to the world

May 20, 2016

For Mexicans, the “children of corn,” maize is entwined in life, history and tradition. It is not just a crop; it is central to their identity.


How improved maize gives options to farmers

May 5, 2016

Improved seeds resilient to drought, disease and other stresses allow farming families to invest more in their livelihoods and children’s futures.