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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 …


Pakistan wheat seed makeover: More productive, resilient varieties for thousands of farmers

December 13, 2018

Munfiat, a farmer from Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, is happy to sow and share seed of the high-yielding, disease resistant Faisalabad-08 wheat variety. (Photo: CIMMYT/Ansa …


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 …


Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during 2019

December 11, 2018

The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya, will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2019 at the beginning of January 2019 and in other f …


New publications: Climate change impact and adaptation for wheat protein

December 11, 2018

Globally, wheat provides around 20 percent of the calories and protein in human diets. By mid-century, crop production must increase by 60 percent to meet global food demand and help reduce hunger, a …


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 …


Extension materials on best agronomic practices endorsed by government of Nepal

December 6, 2018

Agricultural extension materials on best management practices for rice (left) and cauliflower, developed by CIMMYT as part of the NSAF project. KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — Maintenance and enhancement …


CIMMYT scientists recognized for top-ranking research impact

December 6, 2018

Five scientists from the CIMMYT community have been recognized with the Highly Cited Researcher award for 2018 for the influence of their research among their scientific peers. The list, developed by …


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 …


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 …


New digital maps to support soil fertility management in Nepal

December 4, 2018

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is working with Nepal’s Soil Management Directorate and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) to aggr …


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 …


New CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids for southern Africa

November 29, 2018

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production f …


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 …