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Book celebrates maize “secret scientists” on International Day of Rural Women

October 12, 2015

Rural women play a critical role in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.


Setting the stage for delivering high zinc wheat in South Asia

October 6, 2015

HarvestPlus pioneers at the off-season seed production site in Dalang Maidan, Himachal Pradesh, India. Photo: HarvestPlus Public and private sector partners in HarvestPlus’ biofortified wheat research …


Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat

October 5, 2015

Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat. Credit: Linda McCandless Farmers in Ethiopia are banking on Kingbird, the latest variety of wheat to be released by the Ethiopian Institut …


16 new CIMMYT maize lines released

October 2, 2015

CIMMYT is pleased to announce the release of a set of 16 new CIMMYT maize lines (CMLs). These CMLs were developed at various breeding locations of the CIMMYT Global Maize Program by multi-disciplinary …


Tackling wheat rust diseases requires $108 million a year, study shows

September 30, 2015

Despite efforts to develop wheat resistant to stem, stripe and leaf rusts, the diseases will continue to thwart scientists, making ongoing funding vital, a top economist has said.


Women in Triticum award winners reflect “diversity and talent”

September 22, 2015

Women who show significant leadership potential receive the Women of Triticum Award at the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Conference.


The world’s largest maize ear contest 2015

September 21, 2015

Scientist Denise Costich describes her experience as a judge in the contest to find “The World’s Largest Maize Ear” held in Jala, Nayarit, Mexico.


Scientists to detail state of Ug99 food security threat at Sydney meeting

September 18, 2015

Wheat farmers are facing troubles on various fronts, particularly the threat of devastating disease.


Borlaug Institute for South Asia

September 14, 2015

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) is a non-profit international research institute dedicated to food, nutrition and livelihood security as well as environmental rehabilitation in South Asia, …


Boosting nutrition for Ethiopian children

August 24, 2015

During 26-28 March 2012, CIMMYT scientists, partners, and collaborators met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Inception Planning Workshop of the NuME project. NuME (Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia) is a …


Zimbabwe and CIMMYT to establish maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility

August 12, 2015

A modern quarantine facility to safely import maize breeding materials to southern Africa, and to enable local institutions to proactively breed for resistance against Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) dise …


Government of Zimbabwe and CIMMYT to establish maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility at Mazowe

August 11, 2015

A modern quarantine facility will be set up in Zimbabwe to safely import materials and proactively breed for resistance against MLN.


QPM maize expected to improve protein intake in Ethiopia

August 3, 2015

For community health extension workers (CHWs) in Ethiopia, as elsewhere, educating smallholder farmers on the importance of protein is a continuous task year in, year out. It’s not that farmers don’t …


CIMMYT-SARO steps up efforts in war against malnutrition

August 3, 2015

CIMMYT is stepping up efforts to combat malnutrition through agricultural research and the release of orange maize varieties.


Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan

July 28, 2015

Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan is working to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes in the agricultural sector through the promotion and dissemination of modern …


CIMMYT advances in fight against MLN

July 13, 2015

Scientists have made progress in identifying maize varieties that could combat maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease, reported SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa last month in the article “Experts on track t …


Vitamin A orange maize: a partnership between agriculture and nutrition bears fruit

June 30, 2015

Guest blogger from HarvestPlus Only 20 years ago, the idea that maize could reduce vitamin A deficiency (VAD) would have been summarily dismissed. Agricultural scientists were focused on increasing yi …


Quality Protein Maize – what’s in a name?

June 26, 2015

Across Ethiopia, farmers bring a different dimension to the age-old tradition of naming children in symbolic and meaningful ways, by assigning a human name to Quality Protein Maize (QPM) that reflects …


The Skywalker Project: soaring to new heights

June 24, 2015

Though its name implies science fiction, Skywalker’s results have been incredibly real. A small, unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with remote sensing devices, Skywalker flies over maize fields collect …


First wheat improvement training course for young scientists held in Pakistan

June 24, 2015

The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program (WPEP) in Pakistan, led by CIMMYT and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is working to enhance and protect wheat productivity in P …