Breaking Ground: Terry Molnar uses native maize varieties to find novel traits for breeding

April 19, 2018

Terry Molnar is helping farmers face these challenges by using the natural diversity of plants to unlock desirable genetic traits inside food crops.


Scientists seek key to boost yields, ensure future food supply

March 23, 2018

Crop genetic gains remain too low, and international scientists are making a concerted effort to determine how best to increase yields.


Breaking ground: Mike Olsen uses new technology to improve farmer’s yields

March 12, 2018

Mike Olsen, upstream research coordinator for CIMMYT maize program, works with scientists to use new technologies to increase breeding program efficiency and genetic gain.


Women farmers, researchers, and local agencies fight to unlock the potential of maize in eastern India

March 7, 2018

A women dries maize grain after shelling. Photo: CIMMYT/ Wasim Iftikar Unforeseen market effects, particularly rising land values and falling maize prices, have blocked the headway of women’s groups i …


CIMMYT promotes gender awareness in agriculture research and development in Ethiopia

March 7, 2018

Gender awareness and gender-sensitive approaches are slowly spreading into agricultural research, extension, and policy in Ethiopia, according to industry experts.


Breaking Ground: Good data management key in fight against food insecurity, says Carolina Rivera

February 14, 2018

Breaking Ground is a regular series featuring staff at CIMMYT EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Over the next 50 years, the world’s population is set to be more than 9 billion. To feed this amount of peopl …


Ag women speak out for International Day of Girls and Women in Science

February 9, 2018

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, CIMMYT asked women involved in agricultural science to share their views on what they would like to see change.


New technical guide to help farmers protect against fall armyworm

January 30, 2018

Nairobi, Kenya (CIMMYT) – A new comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM)-based technical guide produced by international experts will help scientists, extension agents and farmers to tackle the …


Are you a Wizard or Prophet? New book highlights our relationship with nature and humanity’s future

January 23, 2018

“The Wizard and the Prophet” looks at the world’s most threatening challenges to food security.


Emergency seed fuels quick farm recovery in drought-affected Ethiopia

January 11, 2018

In response to Ethiopia’s worst drought in 50 years and a critical shortage of seed in 2016, CIMMYT and partners delivered over 3,400 tons of high quality seed to farmers.


Women are the foundation for change in rural Ethiopia

January 9, 2018

Community conversations, a human-centered approach, puts people in charge of their own development in maize-based communities in Ethiopia.


Facing the fall armyworm threat

December 14, 2017

In a new blog published by Farming First, B.M. Prasanna discusses overcoming a pest that has been ravaging fields in Africa.


Ethiopian farmers profit from scaled-up, fast-track production of disease resistant wheat seed

December 7, 2017

More than 75,000 small-scale wheat farmers in Ethiopia’s 4 major wheat-growing regions gain access to a vital asset—over 400 tons of seed of new, disease resistant wheat varieties. 


Breaking Ground: Leonard Rusinamhodzi on innovating farming systems for climate change

November 30, 2017

Leonard Rusinamhodzi works with African farmers to innovate farming systems in the face of climate change.


How does CIMMYT’s improved maize get to the farmer?

November 23, 2017

This infographic explains exactly how CIMMYT ensures that its improved maize gets to the smallholder farmers that need them most, from product development to release an commercialization, thinking of …


Better farmer access to machinery eases crop residue burning in India

November 14, 2017

Farmers in India are benefitting from technological innovations that can help prevent damaging smog levels in the capital Delhi and other areas.


John R. Porter, noted crop and climate scientist, becomes chairperson of the Independent Steering Committee for global wheat research

November 8, 2017

EL BATAN, Mexico (8 November 2017) – Professor Dr. John R. Porter, from the Agropolis/Montpellier Supagro/INRA/CIRAD conglomeration in Montpellier, France, has been elected as Chair of the Independent …


Community-based approach to gender research has far-reaching impacts

November 7, 2017

Kristie Drucza leads a gender workshop. Photo courtesy of Kristie Drucza. Researchers are changing rural development in Ethiopia by putting local communities in control of initiatives. A project funde …


New study uncovers climate footprint of India’s favorite foods

November 5, 2017

India needs to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from its rice and livestock sectors according to a study by CIMMYT and partners.


Borlaug Dialogue delegates widen net to curb threat from fall armyworm

November 5, 2017

World Food Prize laureates have joined forces with an international alliance battling the fall armyworm, an aggressive pest indigenous to the Americas with a voracious appetite, and now widespread thr …