Archive for October, 2018

To feed the world, take the science to the farmer

October 25, 2018

Experts discuss agricultural research and food security at the 2018 Borlaug Dialogue DES MOINES (Iowa) — Hundreds of food and agriculture leaders from around the world gathered last week in Iowa, USA, …


Breaking Ground: Brendan Brown brings research to small-scale farmers

October 23, 2018

Agricultural research for development has tremendous potential for widespread impact in poverty alleviation and food security. However, achieving real benefits for farmers is challenging and many well …


‘Merry-go-round’ groups spin Kenyan women farmers to success

October 22, 2018

This month’s report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change highlights worsening food shortages as one of the key impacts of global warming. Tackling the monumental challenges set …


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Blue maize opportunities for Mexican farmers

October 22, 2018

Blue maize is a ubiquitous aspect of Mexico’s food culture, especially in the central highlands. Most of it is grown by small-scale farmers for local consumers who value it for its rich flavor and tex …


Reflections on the global impact of biofortification

October 19, 2018

Over two billion people across the world suffer from hidden hunger, the consumption of a sufficient number of calories, but still lacking essential nutrients such as vitamin A, iron or zinc. This can …


2018 World Food Prize recognizes action to improve child nutrition

October 18, 2018

DES MOINES (Iowa) — As winners of the 2018 World Food Prize, Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro are being recognized today for their individual work in unifying global nutrition efforts and reducing ch …


Scaling up mechanization in Bangladesh through partnerships

October 17, 2018

Over the last two decades, a significant number of rural Bangladeshis – especially youth – have migrated to urban centers, looking for higher paying jobs and an escape from agricultural labor. Conor R …


New publications: Reducing agricultural risk is key to poverty eradication

October 17, 2018

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is: Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. …


Better together: Partnership around zinc maize improves nutrition in Guatemala

October 16, 2018

On World Food Day, October 16, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and partners around the world in their ca …


Fighting hidden hunger from the ground up: the powerful link between soils and nutritious food

October 15, 2018

Conserving organic matter in soils improves vital nutrients in wheat, according to new study in Ethiopia. On World Food Day, CIMMYT Systems Agronomist Frédéric Baudron highlights the role of healthy s …


CIMMYT has key role to address global nutrition challenges, says maize quality specialist

October 15, 2018

Natalia Palacios, CIMMYT maize quality specialist, spearheads the center’s work to raise the nutritional value of maize-based foods. Exposure to more frequent and intense climate extremes is threateni …


Exploring the gendered rules shaping agricultural innovation

October 12, 2018

How do gender norms, agency and agricultural innovation interlink? How can we research this question comparatively to better understand patterns without overlooking the specificities of different cont …


The feminizing face of wheat farming in South Asia

October 12, 2018

In wheat systems throughout South Asia, the gender myth that “wheat is a man’s crop” is still pervasive. To debunk this myth, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is combattin …


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Matthew Rouse discusses research on wheat diseases

October 12, 2018

This week the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) launched a new podcast: Cobs & Spikes. This is a space where we’re going to break down complex science into bite-sized, audi …


Avoiding the next Aral Sea: Scaling responsibly

October 11, 2018

The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest inland body of water. But in 1959, Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev unfurled a plan for industrialized agriculture across Central Asia. The government c …


CIMMYT launches new podcast, Cobs & Spikes

October 11, 2018

Cobs & Spikes is a new podcast from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). This is a space where we’re going to break down complex science into bite-sized, audio-rich expla …


In your seeds I trust: African seed companies test the SeedAssure application

October 11, 2018

NAIROBI (Kenya) — More than 20 representatives of eastern and southern African seed companies and regulatory agencies recently took part in the demonstration of a new seed certification application th …


CIMMYT shows partners in Kenya new breakthroughs in maize and wheat research

October 10, 2018

NAIROBI (Kenya) — Members of the International Maize Improvement Consortium (IMIC) and other partners had a chance to go on a field visit to the Kiboko and Naivasha research stations in Kenya on Septe …


New publications: Book on linear selection indices, first on the subject in thirty years

October 9, 2018

After two years of meticulous work, the book Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding has been released by Springer International Publishing for use by plant and animal breeders worldwide. Th …


CIMMYT releases 26 new maize lines

October 4, 2018

The new lines are specifically adapted  to tropical/subtropical maize production environments in Africa, Asia and Latin America,  and are freely available to both public and private sector breeders wo …