Archive for May, 2018

New Publications: Tackling the wheat blast threat in South Asia

May 31, 2018

This blast-infected wheat spike contains no grain, only chaff. Photo: CIMMYT files. A spatial mapping and ex ante study regarding the risk and potential spread in South Asia of wheat blast, a mysterio …


Breaking Ground: Wei Xiong helps farmers and policymakers make better decisions

May 30, 2018

Farmers and agricultural policymakers frequently encounter tough decisions with complex trade-offs. Selecting which crop to plant next season, for example, would be much easier with a crystal ball. We …


Tar Spot Complex a potential big black spot on US maize economy

May 30, 2018

A new study shows that nearly 12 million hectares of the maize-growing USA, approximately 33 percent of the entire maize-growing area of the country, might be vulnerable to a disease called Tar Spot C …


CIMMYT helps national programs to enhance maize breeding efficiency in Pakistan

May 29, 2018

Maize is Pakistan’s third important cereal following wheat and rice. However, Pakistan still imports more than 80 percent of the hybrid seeds, costing the country over $50 million annually and making …


Conservation Agriculture planning meeting held in Iran

May 28, 2018

A group photo taken during the planning meeting in Iran. Photo: CIMMYT archives The Iran-CIMMYT Project conducted a very successful planning meeting on Strategic Conservation Agriculture Research and …


The most important award is the one farmers give: Bram Govaerts

May 25, 2018

Bram Govaerts with the members of the Río Fuerte Sur Farmer Association (AARFS) Management Committee. Photo: José Saucedo. On the 14th of May, the Río Fuerte Sur Farmers’ Association (Asociación de Ag …


Hunger busters: Ed Mabaya on improved seeds in Africa

May 24, 2018

At a recent TEDx event in Johannesburg, South Africa, agricultural economist and development practitioner Ed Mabaya invited the audience to think of improved seed varieties as ‘tiny little robots’ tha …


A Capacity Approach To Climate Change Modeling: Identifying Crop Management Adaptation Options

May 23, 2018

Crop growth simulation models coupled with climate model projections are promoted and increasingly used for assessing impacts of climate change on crop yields and for informing crop-level adaptations.


Preserving native maize and culture in Mexico

May 21, 2018

Felipa Martinez shows off some of her family’s maize from last year’s harvest. Photo: Matthew O’Leary Felipa Martinez, an indigenous Mexican grandmother, grins as she shows off a bag bulging with maiz …


First zinc-enriched maize in Guatemala to combat malnutrition

May 21, 2018

The first zinc-enriched maize varieties developed for Guatemala were released this month to improve food and nutrition security in a country where over 46 percent of children suffer from chronic malnu …


New Publications: Biofortified maize to reduce malnutrition

May 17, 2018

A farmer carries maize back from the field. A new science brief, written by scientists from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and partner organizations details the use of n …


Breaking Ground: Lorena Gonzalez fast-forwards action on hunger using technology

May 17, 2018

Intrigued by the unique relationship food crops have to their geographical environment, Lorena Gonzalez dedicated her passion for geomatic technology to collect site-specific farm data that is revolut …


CIMMYT Board of Trustees: Out of the Boardroom and into the field

May 16, 2018

CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees members met with stakeholders on a recent visit to Mexico. Photo: CIMMYT archives The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)’s Board of Trustees visits th …


How collaboration can help grow and transform agriculture in Africa

May 16, 2018

Women at a maize mill in Ethiopia. Photo: CIMMYT/P. Lowe It’s been four years since African leaders met in Equatorial Guinea to commit themselves to boosting agricultural growth across the continent. …


Wheat blast screening and surveillance training in Bangladesh

May 15, 2018

Fourteen young wheat researchers from South Asia recently attended a screening and surveillance course to address wheat blast, the mysterious and deadly disease whose surprise 2016 outbreak in southwe …


CIMMYT at DAWN Pakistan Agri Expo 2018

May 11, 2018

The Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan (AIP), set up a stall at the DAWN Pakistan Agri Expo in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan on 3-4 May, 2018 to present successes in agricultural technologies and …


Mexico and CIMMYT share a common vision for sustainable food production

May 9, 2018

Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) is committed to provide Mexican farmers with the best possible seed and technical support, according to …


“Layering” climate smart rice-wheat farming practices in India boosts benefits

May 8, 2018

New scientific research into “layering” climate smart agriculture techniques shows promise, demonstrating the potential for crop adaptability to climate change.


Work of Sustainable and Resilient Farming System Intensification project applauded at external review

May 8, 2018

A female farmer telling her story. Photo: CIMMYT. This February, the Sustainable and Resilient Farming System Intensification (SRFSI) project showcased its field activities to a high-level External Su …


Q+A with Iván Ortíz-Monasterio on nitrogen application and consequences

May 7, 2018

In this interview, Iván Ortíz-Monasterio, expert on sustainable intensification and wheat crop management, discusses the overuse of nitrogen fertilizer and related consequences, his experience with fa …