Archive for November, 2014

Highlights of the 12th Asian Maize Conference

November 27, 2014

The 12th Asian Maize Conference and Expert Consultation on “Maize for Food, Feed, Nutrition and Environmental Security” convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 31 October to 1 November 2014.

New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster

November 24, 2014

By Sanjaya Rajaram Wheat breeders involved in the monumental global challenge of ensuring food security for 9.5 billion people by 2050 face enormous hurdles. Overall, we need to double the amount of f …

Updated Web Wheat Atlas 3.0 prioritizes user experience

November 21, 2014

Whether you are a scientist, a researcher or simply interested in learning more about the vital staple crop that provides 20 percent of the world’s calories, the Wheat Atlas can help.

Ethiopia’s seed co-ops benefit entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers

November 20, 2014

Government-subsidized farmer-run cooperatives produce high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat seed, accelerating distribution and helping smallholder farmers grow healthy crops.

Maize opportunities and challenges for Asia

November 14, 2014

Compared with other cereals, maize has recorded the fastest annual growth in Asia at around 4 percent, but consumption is rising faster than yields.

Global wheat-rust research aids Ethiopian farmers

November 13, 2014

The 2014 World Food Prize laureate, Sanjaya Rajaram’s adaptable, high-yielding wheat varieties are grown on more than 58 million hectares worldwide.

Q+A: Young scientist wins award for “Taking it to the Farmer”

November 13, 2014

Conservation agriculture is becoming a vital part of the rural landscape throughout Mexico and Latin America, leading to a major World Food Prize Field award for Bram Govaerts.

Enhancing the nutritional quality of maize

November 13, 2014

Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency, which can cause blindness and stunting, increased infant and maternal mortality and lower IQs, are at epidemic levels in some parts of Asia.

Food security successes earn ‘sultan of wheat’ World Food Prize

November 13, 2014

Sanjaya Rajaram, 2014 World Food Prize laureate, is credited with producing 480 wheat varieties, leading to increased yields and food for more than 1 billion people a year.

Scientists ship 2 tons of wheat seed samples around the world

November 12, 2014

CIMMYT seed samples — International Wheat Nurseries — are sent to government and university research institutions and national agricultural research systems around the world.

Research on climate-resilient wheat keeps Green Revolution on track

November 12, 2014

As the global population grows from a current 7 billion to a projected 9.6 billion by 2050, wheat breeders involved in the battle to ensure food security face many challenges.

Strengthening maize policies and public-private partnerships in Asia

November 11, 2014

Policies designed to promote maize industry growth require data and information, which is often difficult to obtain in Asian countries. This was discussed during the technical session on improving mai …

Is gluten the new villain? The New Yorker covers the rising gluten-free trend

November 7, 2014

“The most obvious question is also the most difficult to answer: How could gluten, present in a staple food that has sustained humanity for thousands of years, have suddenly become so threatening?”

12th Asian Maize Conference

November 4, 2014

The 12th Asian Maize Conference is taking place in Bangkok from 30 October to 1 November, bringing together more than 350 leading agricultural researchers, policy-makers, farmers and service providers …