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New maize brings hope to farmers in Striga-infested regions in Tanzania and Uganda

November 6, 2012

For many years, farmers in Tanzania have desperately tried to control the parasitic flowering plant Striga spp.—popularly known as witchweed—that can make maize farming nearly impossible in regions of …


Training to build maize breeding capacity in Africa

October 30, 2012

Thirty-six senior maize breeders from fifteen African countries participated in a course in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1 to 4 October 2012. The course attracted participants from national agricultural resea …


WEMA prepares for commercial release of new varieties

October 2, 2012

Twenty-nine drought-tolerant, early maturing, disease-resistant hybrids developed by the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project are getting ready to be released, a huge success for WEMA and a …


Global partnership protects Africa’s maize from parasitic plant

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 9, September 2008 Looks can deceive. Striga, a deadly parasitic plant, produces a lovely flower but sucks the life and yields out of crops across Africa and Asia. A new strain …


Genetic modification—yes or no? London Science Museum stages global debate

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 6 no. 1, January 2009   They draw fierce criticism from environmental groups, are hailed by some companies and scientists as a solution to global hunger, and chances are you’ve …


SIMLESA: Celebrating two years of achievements, defining the future

April 24, 2012

During 19-23 March 2012, over 200 researchers, policy makers, donors, seed specialists, and NGO representatives from Africa and Australia gathered in Arusha, Tanzania, for the second SIMLESA (Sustaina …