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 …


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

November 8, 2018

ADDIS ABABA (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, researchers, exte …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Are advisory apps a solution for collecting Big Data?

October 2, 2018

Big Data is transforming the way scientists conduct agricultural research and helping smallholder farmers receive useful information in real time. Experts and partners of the CGIAR Platform for Big Da …


Innovation, partnerships and knowledge for African farmers meet at AGRF 2018

September 19, 2018

KIGALI, Rwanda (CIMMYT) — The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is the place to be for organizations interested in Africa’s agricultural development. Research institutions, development agencies, f …


What is green manure? And how is it helping maize farmers?

September 14, 2018

Farmer Eveline Musafari intercrops maize and a variety of legumes on her entire farm. She likes the ability to grow different food crops on the same space, providing her family with more food to eat a …


Towards more sustainable food systems through a landscape lens

September 7, 2018

A Maasai woman holding a baby (center) attends the plenary session of the GLF Nairobi 2018. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum) NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The latest event of the Global Landscapes Forum ( …


Breaking Ground: Santiago López-Ridaura supports farmers facing tough decisions

August 22, 2018

Farmers frequently encounter trade-offs between maximizing short-term profits and ensuring sustainable, long-term production. Santiago López-Ridaura, a senior scientist at the International Maize and …


African youth find entrepreneurial opportunity in agricultural mechanization

August 9, 2018

After receiving training from CIMMYT, this group of young men started a small business offering mechanized agricultural services to smallholder farmers near their town in rural Zimbabwe. Photo: Matthe …


How to get your high-impact research published in leading journals: top tips from the Senior Editor of Nature Genetics

August 2, 2018

At CIMMYT’s Science Week 2018, Nature Genetics Senior Editor Catherine Potenski spoke on how to publish plant genomics research that has broad, novel impact. Catherine Potenski, Senior Editor of Natur …