Posts Tagged ‘Uganda’

CIMMYT partners to combat parasite

February 13, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT A partnership launched on 3 February by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation and led by the African Agricultural Techno …


Learning to breed insect-resistant maize at CIMMYT-Kenya

August 21, 2013

“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 …


Stepping up the fight against maize lethal necrosis in Eastern Africa

August 1, 2013

“I can now identify with accuracy plants affected with maize lethal necrotic disease,” stated Regina Tende, PhD student attached to CIMMYT, after attending the CIMMYT-Kenya Agricultural Research Insti …


Keeping track of rust

July 11, 2013

‘The disease that never sleeps’ is how Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug once described wheat rust, a group of deadly, constantly changing fungal pathogens that pose a serious threat to food security …


Building capacity of East African seed companies through training

July 2, 2013

Seed production workshop participants visited a hybrid seed field at East African Seeds in Uganda. In recent years seed companies in Tanzania and Uganda have seen tremendous growth, resulting largely …


Promising CIMMYT maize inbreds and pre-commercial hybrids identified against maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

June 14, 2013

The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease first appeared in Kenya’s Rift Valley in 2011 and quickly spread to other parts of Kenya, as well as to Uganda and Tanzania. Caused by a synergistic interplay o …


SIMLESA progressing and gearing up for Phase II

April 10, 2013

Over 200 researchers, policy makers, donors, seed companies, and NGO representatives from Africa and Australia gathered in Chimoio, Mozambique, during 17-23 March 2013 for the third SIMLESA (Sustainab …


Maize lethal necrosis: Scientists and key stakeholders discuss strategies as the battle continues

March 7, 2013

A recently-emerged disease in Eastern Africa, maize lethal necrosis (MLN), remains a serious concern. A regional workshop on the disease and its management strategies was held during 12-14 February 20 …


High expectations among stakeholders as WEMA Phase II kicks off

February 27, 2013

During 4-8 February 2013, stakeholders of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Fifth Review and Planning Meeting to discuss achievements and challeng …


Ugandan farmers also coating seed for Striga control

November 7, 2012

A Striga infested maize field in Tororo, Uganda. In Tororo, Uganda, farmers have been losing most of their maize crop to witchweed. However, they now feel that there is hope as research by CIMMYT and …


New maize brings hope to farmers in Striga-infested regions in Tanzania and Uganda

November 6, 2012

For many years, farmers in Tanzania have desperately tried to control the parasitic flowering plant Striga spp.—popularly known as witchweed—that can make maize farming nearly impossible in regions of …


DTMA III holds annual meeting

October 26, 2012

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Initiative held its first annual meeting of phase 3 during 24- 28 September 2012 at the Nairobi Safari Club Hotel in Kenya. The meeting was attended by 83 …


CIMMYT strengthens links with seed companies in Uganda and Kenya

October 24, 2012

Strengthening and enhancing seed systems is critical to ensure that released varieties reach the ultimate beneficiary — the farmer, and that farmers, especially smallholders, are able to access improv …


WEMA prepares for commercial release of new varieties

October 2, 2012

Twenty-nine drought-tolerant, early maturing, disease-resistant hybrids developed by the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project are getting ready to be released, a huge success for WEMA and a …


Scientists from SIMLESA Spillover countries visit Kenya

August 14, 2012

A delegation of scientists from South Sudan, Rwanda, and Uganda —the spillover countries of the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SI …


Maize without borders: Reforming maize seed sector policies to meet farmers’ needs in Africa

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 10, October 2008 Senior policy makers from sub-Saharan Africa have recently made recommendations for policy actions to reform operations in the maize seed sector. At stake is …


Strengthening the capacity of technicians in insect mass rearing

April 26, 2012

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 …


Sasakawa and partners impacts

January 18, 2010

A website designed to track the effectiveness of efforts to improve farmers’ livelihoods in Ethiopia and Uganda is available to the public and the CIMMYT community at http://sg2000ia.cimmyt.org/. The …


CIMMYT and IITA build capacity in variety release approaches in West and eastern Africa

July 28, 2008

Between July 21 and 26, 2008, CIMMYT in collaboration with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the national agricultural research systems (NARS) in Benin and Mali conducted …


Getting our message to journalists

September 21, 2007

Maize breeder, Dan Makumbi and writer-editor, Anne Wangalachi of CIMMYT in Nairobi, attended a workshop organized by the Reuters Foundation and CGIAR Media Unit on “Reporting Climate Change in Africa” …