Archive for February, 2018

USAID delegation visits CIMMYT Pakistan office

February 28, 2018

A delegation of representatives from the USAID’s Mission for Economic Growth and Agriculture in Pakistan visited the National Agricultural Research Center to see the interventions by the Agricultural …


First zinc maize variety launched to reduce malnutrition in Colombia

February 28, 2018

A new CIMMYT developed zinc-enriched maize variety was released in Colombia to help combat malnutrition in South America.


Seed savers celebrate “Doomsday Vault” tenth anniversary

February 22, 2018

CIMMYT’s Maize Germplasm Bank has its entire collection backed up in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Photo: CIMMYT archives EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — The “Doomsday Vault,” that safeguards fall-back …


Agricultural Attachés visit CIMMYT

February 15, 2018

Group photo of agricultural attachés at CIMMYT. Photo: CIMMYT/P.Arredondo Agricultural attachés from 10 Mexican embassies visited the headquarters of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Cent …


New Publications: Storage of maize products results in vitamin loss

February 15, 2018

Biofortification of crops through traditional breeding techniques has become very common in the fight against malnutrition globally. Biofortified provitamin A maize is bred to produce increased carote …


Breaking Ground: Good data management key in fight against food insecurity, says Carolina Rivera

February 14, 2018

Breaking Ground is a regular series featuring staff at CIMMYT EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Over the next 50 years, the world’s population is set to be more than 9 billion. To feed this amount of peopl …


Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during April 2018

February 12, 2018

The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2018 at the begining of January 2018 and in four othe …


Ag women speak out for International Day of Girls and Women in Science

February 9, 2018

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, CIMMYT asked women involved in agricultural science to share their views on what they would like to see change.


Deadly strain of wheat stem rust disease surfaces in Europe

February 8, 2018

Scientists have shown that the first appearance of wheat stem rust disease in the U.K. in nearly 60 years, which occurred in 2013, was caused by the same virulent fungal strain responsible for recent …


“Bazooka” maize makes a bang in Uganda

February 1, 2018

Photo: Christopher Bendana Unprecedented droughts have hit Uganda’s farmers hard in recent years, affecting household income and food security by drastically cutting maize yields, a staple crop in the …