Archive for January, 2019

Call for interest: Development trait prioritization as part of a sub-Saharan African crop variety replacement strategy

January 31, 2019

The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) is looking to provide matching funding (up to US$ 35,000) for two projects with AbacusBio to characterize the users of new crop varieties and identify a …


Scaling to new heights in agriculture

January 29, 2019

How to scale? This question frequently comes up as projects look to expand and replicate results. In order to sustain enduring impacts for projects after their lifetime, agricultural programs are turn …


Researchers and friends recall John Mihm, former CIMMYT maize entomologist

January 29, 2019

The community of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) joins former colleagues of John A. Mihm, CIMMYT’s maize entomologist during the 1970s-90s, in honoring his memory and val …


Call for nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

January 28, 2019

Nominations for the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa are now open, through March 15, 2019. These awards recognize the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are impl …


City dwellers in Africa and Asia increasingly choose wheat, research shows

January 23, 2019

The developing world’s appetite for wheat is growing swiftly, driven in part by rising incomes, rapid urbanization and the expansion of families where both spouses work outside the house, according to …


University of Queensland student researches tan spot resistance in wheat at CIMMYT

January 21, 2019

In 2018, Tamaya Peressini, from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ), travelled to CIMMYT in Mexico as part of …


New publications: Role of Modelling in International Crop Research

January 18, 2019

“Crop modelling has the potential to significantly contribute to global food and nutrition security,” claim the authors of a recently published paper on the role of modelling in international crop res …


New report calls for urgent diet and food system changes to sustainably feed world

January 17, 2019

A new report by more than 30 world-leading experts in health and environmental sustainability offers a roadmap for a global food system that provides a healthy, sustainable diet for the world’s 10 bil …


Seeds go digital: faster and better-quality certification, a game-changer for African farmers?

January 17, 2019

Seed Assure app testing in the field in Kiboko, Kenya. (Photo: CIMMYT) Many Kenyan maize farmers are busy preparing their seed stock for the next planting season. Sowing high quality seeds of stress-t …


Breaking Ground: Breeder Marcela C. Andrade bolsters maize with hardiness from ancestral races

January 16, 2019

As the world heats up and water grows scarce, threatening the productivity of humankind’s preferred crops, breeder Marcela Carvalho Andrade and her colleagues at the International Maize and Wheat Impr …


The itsy bitsy spider can make a big impact in agriculture

January 15, 2019

A new study explores how conservation agriculture in southern Africa supports spider populations and diversity in fields, which could help mitigate pest damage and potentially lead to higher yields fo …


Reducing high yield gaps with decision-support apps

January 15, 2019

Nutrient Expert is a computer-based application to provide nutrient recommendations for individual farmers’ fields. Results from Nutrient Expert trials in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania showed improve …


International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa ramps up seed innovations

January 10, 2019

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) launched the International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa (IMIC-Africa) in May 2018, to better engage with a committed set of par …


CIMMYT celebrates AWARD’s ten years empowering African women in agricultural research

January 10, 2019

CIMMYT’s gender team joined African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) to celebrate its ten years of empowering women with essential skills and knowledge.


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Hello Tractor and agricultural innovation

January 4, 2019

For small-scale farmers, mechanization and other appropriate technologies have a big impact in agricultural production and yield. However, they might lack the resources to buy these tools. Hello Tract …


Visiting researcher from Malaysia studies growing importance of maize and wheat in the country

January 3, 2019

Visiting researcher Fazleen Abdul Fatah is studying the growing importance of maize and wheat in emerging economies. Fazleen Abdul Fatah credits a number of factors for her interest in agricultural re …