With multi-sector support for climate sensitive production practices, African farmers can boost food security and resilience

December 14, 2018

Support for smallholder farmers to trial and select sustainable practices suited to their varying conditions is essential to build resilient farms needed to feed Africa’s soaring population, said econ …


Breaking Ground: Tek Sapkota finds ways to reduce emissions from agriculture without compromising food security

December 13, 2018

As the world population increases, so does the need for food. “We need to produce more to feed increasing populations and meet dietary demands,” says Tek Sapkota, agricultural systems and climate chan …


SACAU’s Majola Mabuza at COP24: How soil can help meet climate targets

December 13, 2018

Majola Mabuza, Program Officer, The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions. (Video: UNFCCC) KATOWICE, Poland (CIMMYT) — Agricultural scientists attending U.N. COP24 climate talks in Kat …


Farmers cite climate change as biggest challenge, says World Farmers Organization at COP24 talks

December 11, 2018

Climate is the most important challenge farmers face, because “they’re just influenced by it and there is little that they can do,” explains Luisa Volpe of the World Farmers Organization.


Breeders find strength in diversity at EiB contributor meeting

December 10, 2018

Participants of the Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) Contributor’s meeting pose for a group photograph. (Photo: Sam Storr/CIMMYT) Around 115 members of the CGIAR breeding community, plus others r …


International coalition keeps devastating maize disease at bay, but risks still linger

December 10, 2018

Delegates of the 3-year review conference pose for a group photograph at the ICRAF Campus in Nairobi. (Photo: Joshua Masinde/CIMMYT) NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — When maize lethal necrosis (MLN) was firs …


A wheat self-sufficiency roadmap for Ethiopia’s future

December 5, 2018

Mechanization could boost Ethiopian wheat production and provide youth with new job opportunities. (Photo: Gerardo Mejía/CIMMYT) The Ethiopian government announced recently that the country should bec …


New Soil Intelligence System for India provides high-quality data using modern analytics

December 4, 2018

K.V. Naga Madhuri, Principal Scientist for Soil Science at Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (front), explains soil spectra during the opening of the soil spectroscopy lab at the Regional Ag …


CIMMYT drought tolerant maize: A key innovation for millions of farmers, says FAO

December 3, 2018

As climate experts forecast another climate-warming El Nino in early 2019, maize varieties developed under the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) initiative represent low-cost innovations that c …


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 …


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 — …


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 …


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, 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 …


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, …