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Changing the conversation surrounding food and agriculture with Tamar Haspel

Tamar Haspel delivered a keynote address at a three-day conference hosted by CIMMYT to celebrate the nonprofit’s 50th anniversary.


Genetically engineered crops safe to grow and eat, U.S. National Academy of Sciences concludes

GE crops are as safe to eat as conventionally bred crops and have benefited the environment and ecosystem diversity, according to a new study


Global wheat community discusses research, partnerships at Obregon pilgrimage

For hundreds of international agricultural development experts, an annual gathering in northern Mexico provides a vital platform for sharing and debating the latest wheat breeding news and research.


Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit bestowed on WHEAT independent steering committee member

John R. Porter, member of the WHEAT Independent Steering Committee, was granted Knight of the French Order of Agriculture Merit at a ceremony on 1 March.


Researchers race to rescue wheat sample in war-torn Syria

With Syria torn apart by civil war, a team of scientists in Mexico and Morocco are rushing to save a vital sample of wheat’s ancient and massive genetic diversity, sealed in seed collections of an int …


Reflections of a wheat trainee: Zaki Afshar, Afghanistan

Zaki Afshar grew up in the small city of Puli Khumri in northern Afghanistan, and visited his father’s seven-hectare farm every weekend. In this farming locality where the staple crops are wheat and r …


CIMMYT goes to college

For the past two years, Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, has been using two CIMMYT manuals as a resource in its Agrilife Research Department undergraduate program. Students in Crop …


Developing hybrids across the board at CIMMYT

Photo credit: CIMMYT When a CIMMYT scientist discusses developing hybrids, the first thought that comes to mind is probably new variety of drought tolerant maize. However, CIMMYT engineers in the glob …


CIMMYT at the global forum for innovations in agriculture

During 9-11 March, scientists from 90 countries gathered at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture in Abu Dhabi to discuss the looming topic of feeding nine billion people by the year 2050.


CGIAR gender specialists talk International Women’s Day

CGIAR gender specialists met at CIMMYT El Batán last week, 26 February – 1 March, to discuss the next steps in the global comparative field study of gender norms, agency and agricultural innovation. T …


Australian wheat breeders’ relationship with Mexico spans more than 40 years

In Australia, over 90 percent of local wheat varieties can be traced back to CIMMYT varieties, reports Kim Honan in a 17 September article on ABC’s Rural website.


New Scientist examines the gluten-free trend

It is estimated that nearly one in three people in the United States are living a “gluten-free” lifestyle (New Scientist, July 2014). This diet trend has been supported and encouraged by celebrities, …


CIMMYT and CIBIOGEM hold symposium on transgenics and society

CIMMYT, CIBIOGEM and the North Carolina State University (NCSU) transgenics and society group joined together at CIMMYT headquarters on 24 July for the symposium “Transgenics and Society: Towards a co …


CIMMYT-led climate project is finalist at Asia Mobile Tech Awards

By Katie Lutz  A CIMMYT-led project was named as a finalist for the 2014 mBillionth Award South Asia thanks to its mobile platform that helps farmers adapt to changing climate conditions. “Disseminati …