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Researchers find “hotspot” regions in the wheat genome for high zinc content, new study shows

September 17, 2018

The reported work by wheat scientists paves the way for expanded use of wild grass species, such as Aegilops tauschii (also known as goat grass; pictured here) as sources of new genes for higher grain …


Nutritious vitamin A orange maize boosts health and livelihoods in Zimbabwe

July 25, 2018

Ashley Muzhange eats sadza with her family in rural Zimabwe. Her sadza is made with vitamin A orange maize, a variety improving the nutrition of children and families in the nation. Photo: Matthew O’L …


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 …


Agricultural researchers boost fight against malnutrition with staple crops

June 12, 2018

Tandoori bread (Photo: CIMMYT/Carlos Guzmán). Breeding research by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is generating not only higher-yielding maize and wheat varieties but al …


New Publications: Biofortified maize to reduce malnutrition

May 17, 2018

A farmer carries maize back from the field. A new science brief, written by scientists from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and partner organizations details the use of n …


Global maize experts discuss biofortification for nutrition and health

April 5, 2018

Over two billion people across the world suffer from hidden hunger, the consumption of a sufficient number of calories, but still lacking essential nutrients such as vitamin A, iron or zinc. This can …


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 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 …


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.


“Young Scientist Award” winner fights hidden hunger with high zinc wheat

February 27, 2017

A scientist who has advanced the development of nutrient-rich wheat varieties with higher yield potential, disease resistance and improved traits wins Young Scientist Award for Agriculture.


Biofortification to fight “hidden hunger” in Zimbabwe

October 14, 2016

The goal of completely eradicating vitamin A deficiency – mainly in Africa and Southeast Asia – remains a big challenge.


Blindfold test shows taste bias for nutritious orange pro-vitamin A maize

October 10, 2016

“Hidden hunger” due to micronutrient deficiency is a big issue in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the most affected regions with 30% of the population undernourished.


HarvestPlus World Food Prize laureates benefit more than 10 million people

June 30, 2016

HarvestPlus director Howarth Bouis is one of four winners of the 2016 World Food Prize for research leading to a substantial increase in the availability of nutritious biofortified crops.


From A to Z: Developing nutritious maize and wheat at CIMMYT for 50 years

June 5, 2016

Over the past 50 years, various research activities have been undertaken to boost protein quality and micronutrient levels in maize and wheat to help improve nutrition in poor communities.


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.


Improving diet through nutritious maize in Colombia

May 2, 2016

A field day was organized at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture to show the advances of biofortified maize in Colombia.


Combating malnutrition: a new zinc-rich variety of wheat

April 4, 2016

New high-zinc varieties of wheat can help improve diets in some parts of India, scientists V.K. Mishra, Ramash Chand and Arun Joshi write in The Indian Express newspaper.


Germplasm Research

December 2, 2015

The Genetic Resources Program manages CIMMYT’s gene bank — also known as a germplasm bank — the Seed Health Unit, Biometrics & Statistics Unit, and Data Management Unit. The program conserves, a …


HarvestPlus

December 1, 2015

HarvestPlus aims to reduce hidden hunger and provide micronutrients to billions of people directly through the staple foods that they eat. We use a novel process called biofortification to breed highe …


CIMMYT empowers a new generation of maize breeders in Zambia

October 28, 2015

CIMMYT conducted a training course in Zambia for maize breeders teaching modern maize breeding methods.