Borlaug: The commitment continues

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 4, April 2007 Having just celebrated his 93rd birthday, the man who was at the heart of the creation of CIMMYT, Dr Norman Borlaug, visits the Yaqui Valley to meet his old frie …


The maize with the beans inside: QPM gathers a following in Kenya

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 3 no. 8, August 2006 Farmers of the village of Kathaka Kaome in Embu district near Mount Kenya are saying that quality protein maize (QPM) is as nutritious as Githeri—a local dish m …


The call for maize mounts in Asia

May 14, 2012

February, 2005 The demand for maize in Asia is expected to skyrocket in the next two decades, driven primarily by its use for animal feed. In the uplands of seven Asian countries, however, demand is a …


From 100 hectares to 100%

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 2 no. 7, July 2005 A Kazakh farmer wins by adopting CIMMYT-led technology. The soft-spoken Meiram Sagymbayev recalls last year’s harvest, when his hundred hectare, zero-tilled plot …


Wheat Exchange Network Breeds New Life into Varietal Development

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 2 no. 11, November 2005 Kazakhstan and Siberia connect with CIMMYT to improve their wheat. Grigoriy Sereda, Head of the Breeding Department at the Central Kazakhstan Agricultural Re …


Picture Book Teaches About Open-Pollinated Varieties

May 14, 2012

May, 2004 Mzuzukuru and Sekuru may not be real people, but these two new faces will help teach extension workers and farmers about growing open-pollinated varieties (OPVs) in Zimbabwe. In a brightly c …


Revised IRMA II Project Plan Stresses Regulatory Issues and New Management Structure

May 14, 2012

November, 2004 The Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) project was launched in 1999 with the primary goal of increasing maize production and food security for African farmers through the developm …


Tanzanian mother takes charge of change

May 14, 2012

Through their own determination, and with support from local researchers, CIMMYT, ICRISAT, and organizations in Australia, sub-Saharan African farmers are applying improved maize-legume cropping syste …


Moving uphill: Maize’s growing role in Ethiopia

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 1, January 2009   Fueled by high-yielding varieties and national initiatives to promote the crop in highland areas, maize’s popularity is mounting rapidly in Ethiopia. Be …


SIDU + ISO = Quality assured

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 4, April 2007 The Seed Health Laboratory, part of CIMMYT’s Seed Inspection and Distribution Unit (SIDU) has become the first in the Consultative Group on International Agricul …


Turning on radios, tuning in to resource-conserving farm practices

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 3 no. 8, August 2006 A radio program in Nepal brings information to farmers in a language they understand. It’s Monday, 6:30 pm on Radio Birgunj, the voice of the plains in Southeas …


Simple Screening for a Complex Problem

May 14, 2012

February, 2005 A CIMMYT research team is using an old but effective technique to get a head start on some very advanced crop science. Their aim is to breed high yielding maize that also resists infect …


A World Tour: Program Director Profile

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 2 no. 7, July 2005 Now that all of CIMMYT’s new program directors have been officially installed, it is time to get acquainted with them, as well as their ideas and plans for the pr …


Harvesting 25 Years of Success in Turkey

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 2 no. 11, November 2005 CIMMYT and Turkey celebrate a fruitful collaboration that has helped farmers throughout Central and West Asia grow more wheat. On 11 November CIMMYT and the …


Study Promotes Resource-Conserving Technologies for Under-Used Lands

May 14, 2012

June, 2004 The densely populated Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains of South Asia is highly dependent on agriculture and extremely poor, but significant tracts of agricultural land is under-used. Can it be …


The Fifth External Program and Management Review

May 14, 2012

November, 2004 CIMMYT’s External Program and Management Review (EPMR) is underway. Seven members of the EPMR came to El Batán from 22-26 November to commence the meetings and evaluations, which will b …


Ecuador’s wheat awakening

May 14, 2012

In a determined effort to shield consumers against food price volatility, the government of Ecuador has renewed its investment in food crop research, including a vigorous program to restore wheat prod …


No maize, no life!

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 4, June 2009 In Morogoro, a drought-prone area in Tanzania, farmers are using certified maize seed and urging other farmers to grow a new drought tolerant variety, TAN 250, wh …


Forward base Kulumsa

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 9, September 2007 In the battle to prevent a global wheat crop catastrophe from an unchecked airborne fungus, scientists use monitoring stations in Ethiopia to enhance their a …


Farmers get their yield back and more

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 3, March 2007 Solving a major disease problem in durum wheat was not enough to satisfy farmers. They need and will get quality too. Karim Ammar, a durum wheat breeder with CIM …