Archive for November, 2018

West Bengal agri-entrepreneur a role model for farmers in her community

November 29, 2018

Hosneara Bibi (top-right) shows her zero-tillage wheat crop. (Photo: SSCOP) Hosneara Bibi is a farmer in the village of West Ghughumari, in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, India. She began he …


New CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids for southern Africa

November 29, 2018

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production f …


Breaking Ground: Huihui Li links new genetic knowledge with crop breeding

November 28, 2018

DNA is often referred to as the blueprint for life. It contains codes to make the proteins, molecules and cells essential for an organism’s growth and development. Over the last decade, scientists hav …


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Nitrogen science explainer

November 27, 2018

Nitrogen is essential to life, and almost 80% of the atmosphere is made up of this element. But mostly living organisms can’t access it in this form. On this episode, we’re going to explore the natura …


Let’s make hunger history: Samjhana Khanal

November 22, 2018

Samjhana Khanal surveys heat-tolerant maize varieties in Ludhiana, India, during a field day at the 13th Asian Maize Conference. (Photo: Manjit Singh/Punjab Agricultural University) KATHMANDU, Nepal — …


New publications: Does a climate-smart village approach influence gender equality in farming households?

November 21, 2018

South Asia faces multiple food security challenges, one of which being its extreme vulnerability to climate change. Millions living in the region are expected to be affected by water stress, yield los …


Q&A: Expanding CIMMYT’s research agenda on markets and business

November 21, 2018

CIMMYT economist Jason Donovan discusses the role of seed companies and food markets EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Food security is heavily dependent on seed security. Sustainable seed systems ensure th …


Matthew Reynolds joins the Mexican Academy of Sciences

November 16, 2018

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Mexico’s most prestigious scientific association has welcomed Matthew Reynolds among its regular members after accepting the nomination presented by fellow member, Alfonso …


Comparing apples with apples: Farm economic analysis in Kathmandu

November 15, 2018

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — Clear and consistent communication is important in any work, and no less so when you are collaborating to improve farmer livelihoods. CIMMYT and partners in South Asia are …


CIMMYT laments the passing of Theodore Assimwe, Rwandan research pillar

November 15, 2018

Rwandan crop researcher Theodore Assimwe. NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The CIMMYT family mourns the demise and honors the valuable contributions of Rwandan crop researcher Theodore Assimwe, who died on N …


Breaking Ground: Susanne Dreisigacker knows wheat inside out

November 14, 2018

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Through pure coincidence, Susanne Dreisigacker fell into the world of agricultural science and landed in Mexico. Her interest in genetics and biology solidified when she ar …


Inspiring millennials to focus on food security: The power of mentorship

November 12, 2018

As part of their education, students worldwide learn about the formidable challenges their generation faces, including food shortages, climate change, and degrading soil health. Mentors and educators …


Affordable grain drying and storage technologies cut down aflatoxins

November 9, 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa lose up to a third of their grain after harvest because they often use poor grain storage technologies and ineffective drying practi …


CIMMYT trains early career scientists on wheat rust diagnosis and management

November 9, 2018

NJORO, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), in collaboration with Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and Cornell University, re …


Reaching out to millions of smallholder farmers: exploring collaboration with Shamba Shape-Up

November 8, 2018

On October 22, David Campbell, CEO of Mediae, and his team presented their TV and digital education and development programs to International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) staff in Nairo …


International research-for-development coalition against fall armyworm, the not-so-nice, very hungry caterpillar

November 8, 2018

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CIMMYT) — African farmers have lost millions of dollars in earnings since 2016 due to the loss of crops to the voracious fall armyworm. Since the initial shock, farmers, researc …


Climate change could mean beer shortages on tap

November 8, 2018

Beer brewing ingredients (Photo: Baker County Tourism) EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — As the impact of climate change on food staples becomes more apparent, scientists with the International Maize and Wh …


Webinar: Do medium and large-scale farms generate income spillovers for rural households?

November 7, 2018

Land acquisitions by foreign and local investor farmers has generated much speculation about the impacts on smallholder households and rural communities. Jordan Chamberlin, a Spatial Economist at the …


Video: Farmers and scientists celebrate SIMLESA achievements

November 7, 2018

Maize is currently grown on 35 million hectares of land in Africa and is easily the most important staple food crop in the continent, feeding more than 200-300 million people and providing income secu …


CIMMYT set to strengthen collaboration with China’s Sichuan Province

November 7, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) welcomed a delegation of government officials from Sichuan Province, China, for the signing of a memorandum of unders …