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How a seed bank in Mexico produces data to help alleviate poverty

October 16, 2017

Scientist Kevin Pixley leads a project to catalogue 178,000 corn and wheat seeds at the CIMMYT seed bank near Mexico City.


Borlaug Dialogue delegates to discuss strategy for tackling Fall Armyworm menace in Africa

October 14, 2017

B.M. Prasanna at 2017 Borlaug Dialogue on expert panel to discuss the strategic approach for managing the pest menace in Africa.


Wheat physiology research in Turkey and Iran makes immediate impact in farmers’ fields

July 31, 2017

Due to some recent discoveries about wheat in Turkey and Iran, scientists are optimistic that they can help smallholder farmers combat hardship and sustain their livelihoods.


Zero till climate-smart wheat-rice-bean crop rotations in India curb emissions

July 24, 2017

Zero tillage with residue retention techniques in rice-wheat-mung bean crop rotations result in the lowest global warming potential, a study on sustainable intensification in India shows.


Training helps scientists boost role of wheat genetic resources in developing genetic gains

May 31, 2017

Erratic weather patterns associated with climate change pose unique challenges for wheat breeders playing a key part in the fight to ensure global food security.


Maize breeding on track for climate change in Africa, scientist urges bigger investments

April 21, 2017

With appropriate funding, maize yields can continue to increase in extreme heat and drought conditions, scientists say.


Turkey recognizes scientist for work on wheat and climate change data

April 5, 2017

Results of recent research into wheat landraces are so promising that the Turkish government has given a certificate of recognition to scientist Emel Ozer, who works with CIMMYT.


Obstacles to gender-smart fertilizer use hurt livelihoods, scientists say

March 21, 2017

Compiling gender-inclusive data could help scientists understand how to help improve nitrogen fertilizer application practices among smallholder farmers.


Bangladesh urges $500 million in funds to intensify surface water irrigation

March 20, 2017

Most current food security projections show that staple crop production must double by 2050 to keep up with global need, which will continue to expand.


“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.


CIMMYT scientist cautions against new threats from wheat rust diseases

February 8, 2017

Scientists are concerned over the proliferation of highly virulent fungal wheat diseases, including two new races of yellow rust and a new race of stem rust.


Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

February 6, 2017

Scientists unlock evolutionary secrets of landraces through a study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis of flowering time and how maize adapts to variable environments.


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

December 12, 2016

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.


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

December 5, 2016

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 at a scientific meeting in London.


Tackle food insecurity with homegrown education, Food Prize delegates say

October 17, 2016

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

October 13, 2016

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

October 12, 2016

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


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

October 3, 2016

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

September 29, 2016

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

September 28, 2016

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