Food Security

As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories i …


Partners recognize achievements in insect-resistant maize delivery

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) project received praise for significant progress on field and post-harvest insect pest research at its conclusion last month. “Sev …


Tough sacrifices made to overcome maize lethal necrosis disease in Kenya

By Wandera Ojanji /CIMMYT Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The farming community around the Kiboko Crops Research Station in Makueni County, Kenya, has agreed to stop growing maize for two months to help …


Learning to breed insect-resistant maize at CIMMYT-Kenya

“The trip was an eye opener for me. We have no mass rearing facility in Ethiopia; neither do we practice artificial infestation of stem borers. We only undertake natural infestation for our trials, wh …


CIMMYT student awarded best poster at the National Biosafety Conference, Kenya

Murenga Mwimali, a PhD student in plant breeding at the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, currently hosted at CIMMYT-Kenya, was awarded the best student poster at the first National Biosafety …


Visiting CIMMYT-Kenya to improve competency in breeding insect-resistant maize

During 1-8 July 2012, scientists from Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania visited CIMMYT-Kenya to get hands-on experience in developing insect-resistant maize using conventional approaches. Among the vis …


Training scientists in maize information management

During 19-21 June 2012, researchers, technicians, and students from the Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA), Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), Improved Maize for African Soil (IMAS), and D …


Discussing the importance of seed systems

As we endeavour to reach more farmers with improved varieties, seed systems are becoming increasingly important for CIMMYT in Africa, and a number of projects are generating germplasm to meet the vari …


Honing skills in scientific writing for publishing

Have you ever wondered why the papers you have written on a piece of innovative research are rejected by your target peer-reviewed journals, or why your colleagues in similar projects are publishing w …


Strengthening the capacity of technicians in insect mass rearing

Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) and its sister project, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), have embarked on an initiative to train personnel in mass rearing of insects and develop reari …


Updating Kenyan stakeholders on progress

This past Thursday, CIMMYT’s Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) project organized a well-attended meeting to update its stakeholders, project participants, and journalists on the past year’s pro …


Message from Masa: Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia

Masa Iwanaga, CIMMYT Director General, visits Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.