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Ongoing theme - sustainable intensification -- sustainable farming practices. updated to biodiversity 10/12/2015 -- updated to innovative technologies 19/02/2015

Scaling up mechanization in Bangladesh through partnerships

October 17, 2018

Over the last two decades, a significant number of rural Bangladeshis – especially youth – have migrated to urban centers, looking for higher paying jobs and an escape from agricultural labor. Conor R …


Avoiding the next Aral Sea: Scaling responsibly

October 11, 2018

The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest inland body of water. But in 1959, Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev unfurled a plan for industrialized agriculture across Central Asia. The government c …


In your seeds I trust: African seed companies test the SeedAssure application

October 11, 2018

NAIROBI (Kenya) — More than 20 representatives of eastern and southern African seed companies and regulatory agencies recently took part in the demonstration of a new seed certification application th …


CIMMYT shows partners in Kenya new breakthroughs in maize and wheat research

October 10, 2018

NAIROBI (Kenya) — Members of the International Maize Improvement Consortium (IMIC) and other partners had a chance to go on a field visit to the Kiboko and Naivasha research stations in Kenya on Septe …


New publications: Book on linear selection indices, first on the subject in thirty years

October 9, 2018

After two years of meticulous work, the book Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding has been released by Springer International Publishing for use by plant and animal breeders worldwide. Th …


Are advisory apps a solution for collecting Big Data?

October 2, 2018

Big Data is transforming the way scientists conduct agricultural research and helping smallholder farmers receive useful information in real time. Experts and partners of the CGIAR Platform for Big Da …


Innovation, partnerships and knowledge for African farmers meet at AGRF 2018

September 19, 2018

KIGALI, Rwanda (CIMMYT) — The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is the place to be for organizations interested in Africa’s agricultural development. Research institutions, development agencies, f …


Researchers find “hotspot” regions in the wheat genome for high zinc content, new study shows

September 17, 2018

The reported work by wheat scientists paves the way for expanded use of wild grass species, such as Aegilops tauschii (also known as goat grass; pictured here) as sources of new genes for higher grain …


What is green manure? And how is it helping maize farmers?

September 14, 2018

Farmer Eveline Musafari intercrops maize and a variety of legumes on her entire farm. She likes the ability to grow different food crops on the same space, providing her family with more food to eat a …


Suitcase-sized lab speeds up wheat rust diagnosis

September 10, 2018

A farm landscape in Ethiopia. (Photo: Apollo Habtamu/ILRI) Despite her unassuming nature, the literary character Miss Marple solves murder mysteries with her keen sense of perception and attention to …


Over 100,000 genes: CIMMYT scientist talks about the new wheat genome map

August 31, 2018

After 13 years of research, an international team of more than 200 scientists recently cracked the full genome of bread wheat. Considering that wheat has five times more DNA than humans, this is a sig …


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 …


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 …


African youth find entrepreneurial opportunity in agricultural mechanization

August 9, 2018

After receiving training from CIMMYT, this group of young men started a small business offering mechanized agricultural services to smallholder farmers near their town in rural Zimbabwe. Photo: Matthe …


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 …


Genes from ancestral relatives of wheat could boost its disease resistance, scientists say

August 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE El Batán, Texcoco (Mexico), August 3, 2018 As societies consider the advantages and risks of modern biotechnology, including genetic modification and gene editing, a commentary b …


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.


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 …


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 …