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‘Gluten-free’ diets put food security, human health at risk – nutritionist

January 26, 2015

Complete removal of wheat from the human diet would further cripple global efforts to feed the current global population of 7.2 billion, said Julie Miller Jones, a leading nutritionist.


MasAgro offers tortillas made of maize hybrids in highlands workshop

January 21, 2015

On 11 November 2014, representatives of Mexico’s highland maize value chain attended a workshop at CIMMYT headquarters in El Batán, Mexico. MasAgro- Maize Network partners, a representative from the m …


Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram presented with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman 2015 Award, the highest honor conferred on overseas Indians

January 20, 2015

On 9 January 2015, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, the India-born plant scientist who led wheat breeding research at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) based in Mexico for more than th …


U.S. nutritionist Julie Miller Jones to speak about wheat at CIMMYT

January 8, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Julie Miller Jones, a U.S. board-certified nutrition specialist, certified food scientist, and licensed nutritionist (MN), will address scientists at …


Securing our daily bread: boosting Africa’s wheat production

December 28, 2014

Africa’s demand for wheat is being driven by population growth, urbanization, as well as from a growing female work force who prefer fast and easy to make wheat products, like bread or pasta.


Anti-wheat fad diets undermine global food security efforts

December 28, 2014

A discussion paper aims to highlight unsubstantiated nutritional claims about wheat and gluten, while shining a spotlight on the important role of wheat and fiber in human diets.


Training to fill gaps in Ethiopia’s maize seed system

December 23, 2014

The Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project recently organized a three-day training workshop on quality protein maize (QPM) seed production and quality control, as part of the project’s activitie …


Anti-wheat fad diets undermine global food security efforts

December 18, 2014

A discussion paper aims to highlight unsubstantiated nutritional claims about wheat and gluten, while shining a spotlight on the important role of wheat and fiber in human diets.


Highlights of the 12th Asian Maize Conference

November 27, 2014

The 12th Asian Maize Conference and Expert Consultation on “Maize for Food, Feed, Nutrition and Environmental Security” convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 31 October to 1 November 2014.


Enhancing the nutritional quality of maize

November 13, 2014

Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency, which can cause blindness and stunting, increased infant and maternal mortality and lower IQs, are at epidemic levels in some parts of Asia.


Is gluten the new villain? The New Yorker covers the rising gluten-free trend

November 7, 2014

“The most obvious question is also the most difficult to answer: How could gluten, present in a staple food that has sustained humanity for thousands of years, have suddenly become so threatening?”


Getting the most out of wheat

October 28, 2014

Wheat contributes significantly to the daily intake of essential dietary components, including B vitamins, minerals such as iron and zinc and dietary fiber.


Of wheat, weight, gluten and food intolerances

October 28, 2014

A popular dietary trend involves the elimination of wheat- and gluten-containing foods inspired in part by the book “Wheat Belly” written by cardiologist William Davis.


6th CSISA wheat breeding meeting reviews gains in South Asia

September 17, 2014

On 11-12 September, 61 scientists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal convened in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the 6th Wheat Breeding Review Meeting of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSIS …


New Scientist examines the gluten-free trend

September 6, 2014

It is estimated that nearly one in three people in the United States are living a “gluten-free” lifestyle (New Scientist, July 2014). This diet trend has been supported and encouraged by celebrities, …


Kenyan government officials visit MLN screening facility

September 3, 2014

Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease, which can cause up to 100 percent yield loss on farmers’ fields, is threatening this source of food and livelihoods for many in the country. Because of this, 40 co …


Bhutan releases new wheat varieties after a gap of 20 years

August 29, 2014

Wheat is currently considered a secondary cereal in Bhutan because it is grown over an area of only 5,540 acres. However, its contribution to the Bhutanese farming system in terms of food and other re …


Recent activities and accomplishments of the Agricultural Innovation Project (AIP) for Pakistan

August 22, 2014

The Agricultural Innovation Project (AIP) for Pakistan, led by CIMMYT and funded by USAID, has accomplished a great deal since its inception in March 2013. Among this year’s most notable AIP achieveme …


Wheat is not a “rich man’s crop”

August 21, 2014

Wheat productivity must first increase in developing countries, where yield gaps continue to be unacceptably high.


CIMMYT, Limagrain and Seed Co Limited teams discuss partnership for tackling maize lethal necrosis

August 21, 2014

Research managers and scientists from CIMMYT, Limagrain and Seed Co Limited held a discussion at CIMMYT-Nairobi on 4 July to forge a partnership to effectively tackle the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) d …