Archive for September, 2014

Partnering with seed companies to disseminate fertilizer-friendly maize seed in East Africa

September 29, 2014

Watanga Chacha, CEO Meru Agro displays a bag of HB513, a fertilizer-friendly maize hybrid.Picture: Biswanath Das/CIMMYT Seed companies are key partners in delivering improved seed to smallholder farme …

The global warming challenge for wheat

September 28, 2014

The expected average rate of warming over current wheat areas for the next few decades is a little less than 0.5 °C per decade, which implies a negative yield impact of about 2 percent per decade.

Mexican university students attend eighth annual CIMMYT open house

September 26, 2014

On 19 September CIMMYT-El Batán held the eighth annual Open House for 300 Mexican students from the states of Puebla, Querétaro, Michoacán, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, State of Mexico and Distrito Federa …

Will yield increases continue to feed the world? The case for wheat

September 25, 2014

Wheat, being produced equally in developing and developed countries, is the top global source of calories and the top traded food grain, a position it is unlikely to lose.

NuME organizes financial management workshop for partners

September 25, 2014

CIMMYT’s Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project recently organized a half-day workshop to refresh the knowledge of financial officers from partner institutions on various accounting and reportin …

CCAFS climate smart village program progress makes news in India

September 25, 2014

The CCAFS Climate Smart Village (CSV) program recently earned significant media attention for its successes in the Indian states of Bihar, Haryana and Punjab where the program is being implemented. Th …

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

September 24, 2014

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.

Annual planning meeting for Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program supported by USDA

September 23, 2014

The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and CIMMYT organized a two-day annual wheat planning meeting at the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) in Islamabad.

The role of crop diversity in climate adaptation

September 22, 2014

The impending threat of global climate change makes the storage and maintenance of crop diversity, held in the form of seeds in gene banks around the world, more important than ever before.

China’s wheat production critical to global food security

September 18, 2014

China’s Wheat Production Critical to Global Food Security Zhonghu He is country representative in China for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and Qiaosheng Zhuang is a pro …

6th CSISA wheat breeding meeting reviews gains in South Asia

September 17, 2014

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 …

Addressing challenges in maize breeding to deliver improved seed to African smallholder farmers

September 17, 2014

In Swaziland, maize is a staple crop and a source of income for many of the nation’s farmers. “The work on our staple crop cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Vusumuzi Mkhonta, acting director, Department …

Wheat value chain workshop aims to bolster food security in Sindh, Pakistan

September 17, 2014

Food insecurity is a persistent problem in Sindh, a province in Pakistan slightly smaller than Tajikistan and home to 42.5 million residents. Almost three-quarters of the population are subject to reg …

Upcoming: 12th Asian Maize Conference

September 15, 2014

In Asia, maize production is growing at a faster rate than any other cereal. The demand for maize has grown in response to changing consumer habits; with greater demand for meat in consumers’ diets, m …

Towards total quality: workshop on maize seed quality analysis based on ISTA protocols

September 14, 2014

During the training courses for MasAgro Network seed producers given in 2014, surveys were conducted to determine their training needs in 2015.

Toluca Experiment Station holds field day for CIMMYT scientists and staff

September 12, 2014

A field day was held on 4 September at CIMMYT’s Toluca experiment station to give CIMMYT scientists the opportunity to explain their program objectives and research activities to colleagues who may no …

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 …

MAIZE CRP calls for grant proposals

September 10, 2014

MAIZE CRP has announced its third call for proposals as part of the Competitive Grants Initiative (CGI). The call is directed at researchers from outside CGIAR, allowing a greater variety of research …

CIMMYT scientist examines socio-economic determinants of yield variability in maize

September 9, 2014

M.L. Jat, senior cropping system agronomist in the Global Conservation Agriculture Program at CIMMYT, in collaboration with Hirak Banerjee, Rupak Goswami, Somsubhra Chakraborty, Sudarshan Duttac, Kaus …

Overview of CGIAR Development Dialogues

September 9, 2014

The inaugural CGIAR Development Dialogues will focus attention on the vital role of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, landscapes and food systems in achieving sustainable development. The one-day even …