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MLN diagnostics and management in Africa through multi-institutional synergies

May 9, 2015

Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease has continued to wreak havoc on maize production in East Africa since it was first reported in Kenya in 2011, and since then reported in the Democratic Republic of …

Maize lethal necrosis: a serious threat to food security in eastern Africa and beyond

May 7, 2015

Participants are shown how to inspect maize fields for MLN symptoms and how to collect samples for laboratory analysis. Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) has rapidly emerged as one of the deadliest maize di …

Ethiopian seed companies express interest in QPM, seek CIMMYT support

April 28, 2015

Managers of private and public seed companies in Ethiopia have expressed interest to produce and broadly market quality protein maize (QPM) seed, provided that they get technical and other necessary s …

CIMMYT Day gives staff opportunity to explore colleagues’ work

April 16, 2015

Photo credit: CIMMYT Comprising interactive presentations in English and Spanish on diverse aspects of the Center’s work, CIMMYT Day at El Batán on 10 April allowed more than 250 staff members to lear …

Global Soil Week

April 16, 2015

For the much-needed focus they bring on a burning issue, CIMMYT’s Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS) Project celebrates the Global Soil Week and the International Year of Soils. Africa’s maize fa …

Screening for maize lethal necrosis (MLN) – May 2015

April 14, 2015

CIMMYT wishes to announce that the start of the planting season for the 2015A planting season at the KALRO–CIMMYT maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site at Naivasha, Kenya. …

Innovation key to wheat yield potential advances, says in-coming CIMMYT DG

April 13, 2015

Martin Kropff, incoming CIMMYT director general, joined the global wheat community at the CIMMYT research station in Ciudad Obregon in Mexico for annual Visitors’ Week.

Green manures help Zambian and Malawian farmers feed crops and livestock

April 13, 2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has tasked CIMMYT with a new project to introduce green manure cover crops to smallholder farmers in eastern Zambia and central and so …

Race for Food Security by 2050 Can be Won, Mexico Agriculture Secretary Says

April 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATÁN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Mexico will need to more than double food production by 2050 to feed its growing population, the country’s agriculture secretary said on Thursday, cit …

KALRO and CIMMYT: cementing a longstanding relationship

March 26, 2015

All this week, CIMMYT headquarters in Texcoco, Mexico, has the honor of hosting Dr. Eliud Kireger, the Acting Director General of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). To …

Studies confirm the value of biofortification

March 17, 2015

A study published early this month in the Journal of Nutrition shows that biofortified maize can meet zinc requirements and provide an effective dietary alternative to regular maize for children in vu …

Martin Kropff of Wageningen UR appointed Director General of CIMMYT

February 26, 2015

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – The Board of Trustees of CIMMYT, is pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Martin Kropff has accepted an appointment as the new Director General of CIMMYT, starting 1 June 2015 …

No scientific basis for criticism of wheat as a food staple, nutritionist says

February 23, 2015

A nutritionist wants to dispel myths generated by claims that the protein found in wheat is unhealthy.

Chief Minister of Bihar assures support to BISA

February 23, 2015

The Chief Minister of Bihar, India, Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi, affirmed his support for the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) and its efforts to ensure food security, in a meeting with Thomas A. Lum …

Spreading innovation: new partnerships drive change in Odisha

February 23, 2015

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) has collaborated with Digital Green (DG), the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Government of Odisha, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and Orissa Univer …

Myanmar and CIMMYT assess needs and joint maize and wheat research

February 23, 2015

Given growing demand for maize and wheat in Myanmar and the increasing challenges to produce both crops, officials of the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation’s (MOAI) Department of Agricult …

Kenya farmers deploy range of tactics to fight wheat stem rust

February 10, 2015

Farmers in Kenya are fighting a new strain of Ug99 wheat stem rust disease, which chokes nutrients in the stalk and stops wheat kernels from forming, putting incomes and food security at risk.

Pakistan wheat farmers call for quality seed of the right varieties

February 10, 2015

Lack of good seed of appropriate varieties is holding back harvests of smallholder wheat farmers in rugged, rain-fed areas of Punjab, Pakistan, said a group of farmers to some 50 representatives of se …

Gates Foundation predicts agricultural extension will have a big impact on Africa

February 9, 2015

In their seventh annual letter Bill & Melinda Gates look 15 years into the future to predict the steps needed to improve the lives of poor people faster than in any other time in history. Technolo …

Wheat farmers in Kenya battle new race of stem rust disease

January 30, 2015

A sister strain of highly virulent Ug99 stem rust disease is devastating wheat crops in Kenya, putting smallholder farmer livelihoods at risk.