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Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020)

February 15, 2019

The Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020) will be held February 3-5, 2020 in Montpellier, France. Four years after the first International Crop Modelling Symposium in Berlin (iCRO …


New partnership announced for sustainable maize production in Colombia

February 14, 2019

Palmira (Colombia), February 14, 2019 — AGROSAVIA, Colombia’s leading not-for-profit organization for agricultural research and technology transfer, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture ( …


Precision planters boost maize yields in Pakistan

February 13, 2019

In the northwestern province of Pakistan, near the Afghan border, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is helping connect farmers with precision planters to support higher mai …


International Maize Improvement Consortium – Africa

February 11, 2019

The International Maize Improvement Consortium in Africa (IMIC-Africa) is a partnership of member institutions, including seed companies, national programs and foundations, formed by CIMMYT to achieve …


Cobs & Spikes: Jump-starting Haiti’s maize seed sector

February 6, 2019

Haiti has the lowest maize yields in Latin America and the Caribbean, and around half of the population is undernourished. Five hurricanes in the past decade and a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in 2010 hav …


Researchers and friends recall John Mihm, former CIMMYT maize entomologist

January 29, 2019

The community of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) joins former colleagues of John A. Mihm, CIMMYT’s maize entomologist during the 1970s-90s, in honoring his memory and val …


Call for nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

January 28, 2019

Nominations for the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa are now open, through March 15, 2019. These awards recognize the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are impl …


Seeds go digital: faster and better-quality certification, a game-changer for African farmers?

January 17, 2019

Seed Assure app testing in the field in Kiboko, Kenya. (Photo: CIMMYT) Many Kenyan maize farmers are busy preparing their seed stock for the next planting season. Sowing high quality seeds of stress-t …


Breaking Ground: Breeder Marcela C. Andrade bolsters maize with hardiness from ancestral races

January 16, 2019

As the world heats up and water grows scarce, threatening the productivity of humankind’s preferred crops, breeder Marcela Carvalho Andrade and her colleagues at the International Maize and Wheat Impr …


Reducing high yield gaps with decision-support apps

January 15, 2019

Nutrient Expert is a computer-based application to provide nutrient recommendations for individual farmers’ fields. Results from Nutrient Expert trials in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania showed improve …


International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa ramps up seed innovations

January 10, 2019

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) launched the International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa (IMIC-Africa) in May 2018, to better engage with a committed set of par …


Visiting researcher from Malaysia studies growing importance of maize and wheat in the country

January 3, 2019

Visiting researcher Fazleen Abdul Fatah is studying the growing importance of maize and wheat in emerging economies. Fazleen Abdul Fatah credits a number of factors for her interest in agricultural re …


Best of 2018: Editors’ picks

December 20, 2018

In 2018, our editors continued to cover exciting news and events related to maize and wheat science around the world. Altogether, we published more than 200 stories. It is impossible to capture all of …


International experts discuss progress and challenges of maize research and development in Asia

December 17, 2018

Conference participants pose for a group photo at the field visit site during the 13th Asian Maize Conference. (Photo: Manjit Singh/Punjab Agricultural University) The importance of maize in Asian cro …


With multi-sector support for climate-sensitive 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 …


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 …


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 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 …