This is a story of 400 words or less. It is a short descriptive story about a CIMMYT workshop, event or training, etc. It doesn't go in depth or take an interesting angle necessarily. It simply describes an activity succinctly.

New publications: Toxin-producing fungal strains can now be detected in maize field soils with a new technique

August 23, 2018

A novel approach allows the detection of aflatoxin-producing fungi in maize fields. A new study explains the technique and how it was tested. “Detection of Aflatoxigenic and Atoxigenic Mexican Aspergi …


Video: How to identify and scout for fall armyworm

August 16, 2018

A new 3-D animation video published yesterday shows farmers how to scout for and identify the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). The video shows scouting techniques and highlights the importance o …


New publications: Adopting new agricultural technologies in Bangladesh

August 14, 2018

New technologies are at the core of sustainable agricultural growth and rural poverty alleviation, says Khondoker Mottaleb, an Agricultural Economist working within CIMMYT’s Socioeconomic Program. How …


Fall armyworm reported in India: battle against the pest extends now to Asia

August 13, 2018

A fall armyworm found on maize plants in Khamman district, Telangana state, India. (Photo: ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research) The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, a devastating insect …


Call for nominees: Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards

August 6, 2018

Nominations are open for the 2018 Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards. The first edition of these awards recognizes the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are implementing i …


Humankind is falling into ecological debt. Can we get out?

August 1, 2018

A new study shows Earth Overshoot Day – the point at which the consumption of earth’s resources exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – is arriving faster. Thirty years ago, Earth Overshoot Day …


Nutritious vitamin A orange maize boosts health and livelihoods in Zimbabwe

July 25, 2018

Ashley Muzhange eats sadza with her family in rural Zimabwe. Her sadza is made with vitamin A orange maize, a variety improving the nutrition of children and families in the nation. Photo: Matthew O’L …


Breaking Ground: Gemma Molero sheds light on wheat photosynthesis

July 18, 2018

Despite the rising interest in advanced methods to discover useful genes for breeding in crops like wheat, the role of crop physiology research is now more important than ever, according to Gemma Mole …


Training manual greases the wheels for mechanization entrepreneurs

July 13, 2018

A new training manual launched today provides practical guidance for agricultural mechanization entrepreneurs in rural areas, where family farmers commonly lack capital to invest in the farm power.


Advocating for women entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

July 11, 2018

Dipty Roy operating her power take-off machinery in the village of Taltola, Rajbari. Photo: Rowshan Anis/iDE In Bangladesh, women disproportionately face social stigmas regarding appropriate behaviors …


Next-generation science and partnerships for impact at CIMMYT: Selected images from Science Week 2018

July 5, 2018

Every two years scientists from 15 offices worldwide of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) gather at the center’s headquarters in Mexico for an event known as “Science Week, …


How women are unlocking the potential of maize in Mayurbhanj, India

July 5, 2018

In the tribal belt of Mayurbhanj, Odisha, maize cultivation is becoming increasingly popular. Thousands of acres of fallow upland areas are suitable for maize cultivation during the kharif (monsoon) s …


Designing and promoting institutional change: Geoff Graham of Corteva talks about CIMMYT

July 5, 2018

When trying to drive change in a global research organization, the science is the easy part, according to Geoff Graham, Vice President for Plant Breeding at Corteva Agriscience, a new company that bri …


New Publications: Increasing food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan African maize-based food systems, a technological perspective

July 5, 2018

Two experimental lines of provitamin A-enriched orange maize, Zambia. Photo: CIMMYT. A new study from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Wageningen University examines t …


Mutating diseases drive wheat variety turnover in Ethiopia, new study shows

July 4, 2018

Yellow spores of the fungus Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici, which causes stripe rust disease in wheat. Photo: CIMMYT/Mike Listman. Rapidly emerging and evolving races of wheat stem rust and stripe …


Scaling Scan: A simple tool for big impact

June 25, 2018

Eleven years ago this week, Apple Inc. released the iPhone. While it was not the first smartphone on the market, industry experts often credit the iPhone’s groundbreaking design with the launch of the …


Wheat-rye crosses provide control for deadly sap-sucking aphid

June 22, 2018

Martin Kropff, CIMMYT director general (left) and Mustapha El-Bouhssini, ICARDA entomologist, in that center’s lab at Rabat, Morocco. In an excellent example of scientific collaboration spanning borde …


Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during July 2018

June 21, 2018

The third installment of the 2018 maize lethal necrosis (MLN) phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle will be held in July 2018 at the MLN artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya. Int …


CIMMYT projects working to enhance business agility of South Asian seed companies

June 18, 2018

The seed industry in Nepal, as in most developing countries, is still emerging and largely untapped. Lack of availability of start-up working capital, business incentives in the sector, new technologi …


Better farming practices key to combating desertification and drought

June 15, 2018

Combating desertification and drought is critical, but focusing on the bigger challenge of unsustainable agriculture can deliver more for farmers. Research from India offers new insights on practical …