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Global wheat breeding provides billions in benefits, CIMMYT study shows

April 5, 2016

Almost half the world’s wheat land is sown to varieties that come directly or indirectly from research by CGIAR scientists, according to a new report.


Scientists unearth genetic treasures from Mexico’s Creole wheats

March 18, 2016

Findings can help to boost wheat’s climate resilience worldwide


Drought tolerant maize: Long-run science, investments, and partnerships pay off in Africa

March 14, 2016

Before climate change became a hot topic, the U.N. Development Programme provided funding for a team of scientists in Mexico to find a better way to breed resilient maize for farmers in drought-prone …


The race to feed the world by 2050: implications for international agricultural research

June 30, 2015

The good news: by 2050, world population growth will likely fall to half or less the rate of 1.7% per year witnessed over the last half of the 20th century, offering a glimmer of hope for humanity to …


Durum wheat production in Pakistan: keeping up with changing demands

June 1, 2015

In response to rapidly-changing food preferences in Pakistan, including a latent unmet demand for pasta products, CIMMYT-Pakistan has been working to develop the country’s durum wheat market and varie …


SUPER WOMAN: Paula Kantor engages men to support gender progress

May 29, 2015

FOCUS ON WOMEN CAN INADVERTENTLY END UP ALIENATING MEN Gender research and outreach should engage men more effectively, according to Paula Kantor, CIMMYT gender and development specialist who is leadi …


Global partnership propels wheat productivity in China

April 13, 2015

Benefits of three decades of international collaboration in wheat research have added as much as 10.7 million tons of grain – worth US $3.4 billion – to China’s national wheat output, according to a s …


Men’s roles and attitudes are key to gender progress, says CIMMYT gender specialist

March 4, 2015

Gender research and outreach should engage men more effectively, according to Paula Kantor, CIMMYT gender and development specialist who is leading an ambitious new project to empower and improve the …


Pakistan wheat farmers call for quality seed of the right varieties

February 10, 2015

Lack of good seed of appropriate varieties is holding back harvests of smallholder wheat farmers in rugged, rain-fed areas of Punjab, Pakistan, said a group of farmers to some 50 representatives of se …


The perilous life of aphids fascinates South Asian crop scientists

January 27, 2015

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 …


Pakistan marks Borlaug’s 100th birthday with commemorative stamp

January 19, 2015

Pakistan’s National Philatelic Bureau issued a commemorative postage stamp to honor the 100th birthday, last 25 March, of late wheat scientist and Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.


Central American Agriculture and Livestock Council signs agreement with CIMMYT

January 5, 2015

At El Batán, Mexico, on 03 December, Thomas A. Lumpkin, CIMMYT director general, signed a memorandum of understanding with Julio Calderón, Executive Secretary of the Central American Agriculture and …


Improved maize to boost yields in nitrogen-starved African soils

December 11, 2014

Sub-Saharan African farmers typically apply less than 20 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare of cropland — far less than their peers in any other region of the world. In 2014, partners in the Improved …


A tribute to Alejandro Ortega, former CIMMYT maize scientist

September 11, 2014

In communion with family members, Mexican and global partners and past colleagues, CIMMYT mourns the passing and celebrates the extraordinary life of Alejandro Ortega y Corona, former CIMMYT maize sci …


World Food Prize winner Rajaram: farmers and training are critical for wheat yields

July 22, 2014

By Mike Listman/CIMMYT   Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, center, joined Nuria Urquía Fernández, left, representative in Mexico of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and Raúl Urtea …