Posts Tagged ‘top story’

Breaking Ground: Scientist Deepmala Sehgal on the trail of novel wheat diversity

Molecular analysis research by Deepmala Sehgal has led to the discovery of novel genes for yield, disease resistance and climate resilience in previously little-used wheat genetic resources.


Breaking Ground: Jiafa Chen on improving maize and building partnerships

Jiafa Chen has helped identify new genetic resources that have been used in breeding new maize varieties that withstand environmental and biological stresses.


Harnessing medical technology and global partnerships to drive gains in food crop productivity

Global research networks must overcome nationalist and protectionist tendencies to provide technology advances the world urgently needs.


Can sub-Saharan Africa meet its future cereal food requirement?

To satisfy the enormous increase in demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, cereal yields must increase to 80 percent of their potential.


2Blades and CIMMYT form alliance to tackle threat of wheat stem rust

Kanwarpal Dhugga, CIMMYT lead of biotechnology opportunities demonstrates how to separate an immature embryo from a developing wheat seed to 2Blades Program Director Lynne Reuber and 2Blades Chairman …


Wheat rust poses food security risk for global poor, says DFID’s Priti Patel

International Wheat rust monitoring efforts are not only keeping the fast-spreading disease in check, but are deployed to manage other crop diseases, said a scientist attending a major scientific even …


Advice for India’s rice-wheat farmers: Put aside the plow and save straw to fight pollution

Recent media reports show that the 19 million inhabitants of New Delhi are under siege from a noxious haze.


Target for 10 million more climate-smart farmers in southern Africa amid rising cost of El Niño

Research centers, development agencies and governments must work together to respond to climate predictions before food crises develop, say two CIMMYT scientists.


Conference highlights urgent need to harness genetic resources for future food security

The International Agrobiodiversity Congress provides a platform for farmers, scientists, policymakers and industry leaders to share their experiences in agrobiodiversity management and genetic resourc …


World Food Prize presentation updates delegates on key contributions of MasAgro

Transforming subsistence agriculture and unsustainable farming systems into productive and sustainable operations has been the key focus of scientist Bram Govaerts, 2014 recipient of the Norman Borlau …


Tackle food insecurity with homegrown education, Food Prize delegates say

Africa must develop a strong educational infrastructure to address the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity, said experts at the World Food Prize.


Wheat training foundation offers hope to end rural poverty

In her youth, Tunisian Manel Othmeni developed an interest in interacting with plants, a fascination that later grew into a passion for wheat research.


Private sector seed distribution vital for food security, World Food Prize delegates say

Public-private collaborations can deliver improved seeds to smallholder farmers faster, speeding up global efforts to meet food security targets.


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

“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.


“CIMMYT 50” delegates tackle obstacles to achieving global food security

From the field to the laboratory, new technology plays a major part in the international effort to develop seeds and cropping systems that will help achieve food security.


Food security requires acceleration of advanced science, not just “feeding,” CIMMYT 50 delegates say

The agriculture for development sector must begin “nourishing” families with nutrition-sensitive interventions instead of focusing on “feeding,” says Lindiwe Majele Sibanda.


Mexico, funding, sustainability key to meeting agricultural challenges, “CIMMYT 50” delegates say

Pushing the boundaries on technological innovation and sustainability must always be first and foremost, said Martin Kropff, director general CIMMYT.


Gene bank crowdfunding campaign gains traction with commercial seed industry

A pledge of $10,000 by international plant breeding company KWS has given a big boost to an online crowdfunding initiative aiming to help maintain the world’s largest maize and wheat germplasm bank.


New high-yielding maize aids smallholder farmers, helps hungry in drought-hit Africa

Bigger and healthier maize is helping counter the effects of severe drought caused by the warming effects of an El Nino weather system.


New generation of hunger fighters needed, says Julie Borlaug at CIMMYT 50th anniversary

Encourage youth willing to become “hunger fighters” to take up the challenges of farming despite erratic weather caused by climate change, drought, dwindling water supplies and nutrient-depleted soil.