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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 …


Breaking Ground: Huihui Li links new genetic knowledge with crop breeding

November 28, 2018

DNA is often referred to as the blueprint for life. It contains codes to make the proteins, molecules and cells essential for an organism’s growth and development. Over the last decade, scientists hav …


Let’s make hunger history: Samjhana Khanal

November 22, 2018

Samjhana Khanal surveys heat-tolerant maize varieties in Ludhiana, India, during a field day at the 13th Asian Maize Conference. (Photo: Manjit Singh/Punjab Agricultural University) KATHMANDU, Nepal — …


Q&A: Expanding CIMMYT’s research agenda on markets and business

November 21, 2018

CIMMYT economist Jason Donovan discusses the role of seed companies and food markets EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Food security is heavily dependent on seed security. Sustainable seed systems ensure th …


CIMMYT laments the passing of Theodore Assimwe, Rwandan research pillar

November 15, 2018

Rwandan crop researcher Theodore Assimwe. NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The CIMMYT family mourns the demise and honors the valuable contributions of Rwandan crop researcher Theodore Assimwe, who died on N …


International research-for-development coalition against fall armyworm, the not-so-nice, very hungry caterpillar

November 8, 2018

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CIMMYT) — African farmers have lost millions of dollars in earnings since 2016 due to the loss of crops to the voracious fall armyworm. Since the initial shock, farmers, researc …


Video: Farmers and scientists celebrate SIMLESA achievements

November 7, 2018

Maize is currently grown on 35 million hectares of land in Africa and is easily the most important staple food crop in the continent, feeding more than 200-300 million people and providing income secu …


New initiative to improve access to high quality maize seed for African farmers

October 26, 2018

Research partners to develop new maize hybrid seed production system to help smallholder farmers access modern, high quality maize hybrid seed. Pretoria, South Africa, 26 October 2018 – An initiative …


First conference of new global research alliance to establish practical field solutions against Fall Armyworm

October 23, 2018

JOINT MEDIA ADVISORY Time to scale up fight against the voracious pest Despite significant efforts to control the spread of the invasive Fall Armyworm, first detected in Africa in 2016, the pest keeps …


Breaking Ground: Brendan Brown brings research to small-scale farmers

October 23, 2018

Agricultural research for development has tremendous potential for widespread impact in poverty alleviation and food security. However, achieving real benefits for farmers is challenging and many well …


‘Merry-go-round’ groups spin Kenyan women farmers to success

October 22, 2018

This month’s report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change highlights worsening food shortages as one of the key impacts of global warming. Tackling the monumental challenges set …


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Blue maize opportunities for Mexican farmers

October 22, 2018

Blue maize is a ubiquitous aspect of Mexico’s food culture, especially in the central highlands. Most of it is grown by small-scale farmers for local consumers who value it for its rich flavor and tex …


Better together: Partnership around zinc maize improves nutrition in Guatemala

October 16, 2018

On World Food Day, October 16, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and partners around the world in their ca …


CIMMYT has key role to address global nutrition challenges, says maize quality specialist

October 15, 2018

Natalia Palacios, CIMMYT maize quality specialist, spearheads the center’s work to raise the nutritional value of maize-based foods. Exposure to more frequent and intense climate extremes is threateni …