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Bhutan and Bangladesh join forces to combat threat of rust diseases

For the first time, Bhutan and Bangladesh are collaborating on evaluating Bangladeshi wheat lines for resistance to yellow and leaf rusts.


CIMMYT delivers technology to public and private partners in Nepal

Farmers in Nepal are benefiting from the work done by the Cereal Systems Initiative of South Asia (CSISA).


Combating malnutrition: a new zinc-rich variety of wheat

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.


CSISA wheat breeders plan for future gains in South Asia

Participants from four south Asian countries attended CSISA’s annual review meeting at Karnal, India. Photo: Bal Kishan Bhonsle The growing interest of national agriculture research system (NARS) of S …


CIMMYT helps the Seed Entrepreneurs’ Association of Nepal devise its organizational strategy

In response to the interest expressed by the Seed Entrepreneurs’ Association of Nepal (SEAN), CIMMYT-Nepal organized a meeting with SEAN and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) on 29 July 2 …


Bhutan releases its first winter wheat variety

In Bhutan, wheat is an important cereal for farmers at high altitudes, where its area of cultivation is considerable. However, in recent years, the winter wheat area has declined owing to numerous cir …


CIMMYT identifies Nepalese communities to feature in global gender study

A workshop to select case studies in Nepal for the Global Study on Gender Norms and Capacities for Agricultural Innovation was hosted by CIMMYT on 3 June 2015. This was the first meeting held by CIMMY …


The perilous life of aphids fascinates South Asian crop scientists

Among the world’s most destructive and hated crop pests, the sap-sucking insects known as aphids are engaged in dramatic evolutionary battles with predators that include wasps whose larvae hatch and p …


6th CSISA wheat breeding meeting reviews gains in South Asia

On 11-12 September, 61 scientists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal convened in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the 6th Wheat Breeding Review Meeting of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSIS …


Bhutan releases new wheat varieties after a gap of 20 years

Wheat is currently considered a secondary cereal in Bhutan because it is grown over an area of only 5,540 acres. However, its contribution to the Bhutanese farming system in terms of food and other re …