The impact of climate inaction on food security

December 13, 2018

The global food system needs to be transformed to respond to the health and nutrition needs of the future. To achieve this, however, there needs to be a strong global program to prevent greater threat …


Gratitude for soil

December 5, 2018

On December 5, we celebrate World Soil Day. This year the theme is “Be the solution to soil pollution.” Most of you may not have been aware that such a day even existed or perhaps even question the re …


Experts at Asian Maize Conference express concern over growing incidence of Fall Armyworm

October 17, 2018

The Asian Maize Conference and expert consultation on “Maize for Food, Feed, Nutrition, and Environmental Security” was held in Ludhiana, Punjab, last week.


Planting the seed of agricultural innovation in Africa

September 14, 2018

We have seen an increased use of improved seed, appropriate technologies and agricultural machinery, all adapted to the specific needs of African farmers. In this op-ed, Stephen Mugo and I discuss the …


Forecast drought: ED engages experts

September 12, 2018

While traveling through Africa and stopping at CIMMYT’s regional offices, I had the pleasure of meeting the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and discussing ways of enhancing agricultural pro …


Climate disasters are closing in. Why have we forgotten farmers?

November 22, 2017

Global climate change negotiators met at COP23 to tackle myriad issues, including how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and protect food and farming from worsening climate impacts. T …


Climate insurance for farmers: a shield that boosts innovation

November 7, 2017

Index insurance is one of the top 10 innovations for climate-proof farming. Photo: P. Lowe/ CIMMYT New insurance products geared towards smallholder farmers can help them recover their losses, and eve …


Study reveals new opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions in India

September 4, 2017

India is one of the world’s largest contributors to global warming, but simple changes in farm management can drastically cut emissions while meeting food demand.


New online portal offers information to curb maize lethal necrosis in Africa

July 24, 2017

The new maize lethal necrosis online portal provides up-to-date information and surveillance tools to help researchers control and stop the spread of the deadly disease.


New Provitamin A maize platform fights hidden hunger in Tanzania

June 19, 2017

Joyce Maru is a capacity development & communications specialist at the International Potato Center A farmer prepares maize porridge using Provitamin A maize. Photo: R.Lunduka/CIMMYT Vitamin A def …


Farmer in Malawi defines true project success

June 15, 2017

Development initiatives are only truly successful when participants graduate, adopt and leave.


Breakthroughs in agriculture for action on climate change

April 10, 2017

Climate change presents a formidable challenge as one of the biggest constraints to improving food systems, food security and poverty alleviation around the world, especially for the world’s most vuln …


Gender and development specialist Rahma Adam: Aiding African women to build household food security

March 8, 2017

In a special interview to mark International Women’s Day, CIMMYT gender specialist Rahma Adam detailed how her research aims to improve the agricultural productivity of women in south and eastern Afri …


Despite hardships, women running own households provide model of empowerment and innovation

March 7, 2017

GENNOVATE research reveals communities with numerous women-headed households record high levels of poverty reduction.


Entrenched gender roles threaten women’s longevity in research careers

February 10, 2017

Despite over a decade of implementing policies and programs to promote gender equity in research, some countries have seen women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers stagnate an …


Crop and bio-economic modeling for an uncertain climate

December 19, 2016

The potential impact of climate change on agriculture and the complexity of possible adaptation responses require the application of new research methods and tools to develop adequate strategies, writ …


Healthy soils for a healthy, food secure future

December 5, 2016

Humanity relies on soils not only for food production but also for a range of vital ecosystem services, its health is essential to a healthy and food secure future.


Strategizing for the future: adapting to a changing agricultural landscape

October 21, 2016

Forging major change is never simple, but one of my top priorities upon taking the helm at CIMMYT as director general last year was to develop a new five-year institutional strategy.


Gazing into the crystal ball at the future of food: Nutrient-dense maize and wheat

October 19, 2016

Diversity is important for finding traits that will allow maize and wheat to be more nutritious than they are already today and so aid in meeting the demands of the future, writes Gideon Kruseman, CIM …


Unpacking our biases for better gender research

October 7, 2016

Shelley Feldman, recently retired professor at Cornell University, gives a keynote speech on gender balance in agriculture at CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary conference. CIMMYT/Alfonso Arredondo. MEXICO CIT …