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To feed the world, take the science to the farmer

October 25, 2018

Experts discuss agricultural research and food security at the 2018 Borlaug Dialogue DES MOINES (Iowa) — Hundreds of food and agriculture leaders from around the world gathered last week in Iowa, USA, …


Basic Wheat Improvement Course 2019

October 23, 2018

The Basic Wheat Improvement Course (BWIC) is a unique professional development opportunity for early career scientists in the public and private sectors. Major focus of the course will be practical as …


New publications: Reducing agricultural risk is key to poverty eradication

October 17, 2018

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is: Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. …


Exploring the gendered rules shaping agricultural innovation

October 12, 2018

How do gender norms, agency and agricultural innovation interlink? How can we research this question comparatively to better understand patterns without overlooking the specificities of different cont …


The feminizing face of wheat farming in South Asia

October 12, 2018

In wheat systems throughout South Asia, the gender myth that “wheat is a man’s crop” is still pervasive. To debunk this myth, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is combattin …


New publications: Book on linear selection indices, first on the subject in thirty years

October 9, 2018

After two years of meticulous work, the book Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding has been released by Springer International Publishing for use by plant and animal breeders worldwide. Th …


Are advisory apps a solution for collecting Big Data?

October 2, 2018

Big Data is transforming the way scientists conduct agricultural research and helping smallholder farmers receive useful information in real time. Experts and partners of the CGIAR Platform for Big Da …


New publications: What drives capacity to innovate?

September 27, 2018

Involving diverse segments of a target population in agricultural innovation interventions allows for more inclusive and equitable processes while stimulating local innovation and development outcomes …


Towards more sustainable food systems through a landscape lens

September 7, 2018

A Maasai woman holding a baby (center) attends the plenary session of the GLF Nairobi 2018. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum) NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The latest event of the Global Landscapes Forum ( …


New publications: Toxin-producing fungal strains can now be detected in maize field soils with a new technique

August 23, 2018

A novel approach allows the detection of aflatoxin-producing fungi in maize fields. A new study explains the technique and how it was tested. “Detection of Aflatoxigenic and Atoxigenic Mexican Aspergi …


Breaking Ground: Tom Hagen brings IT expertise to crop breeding

June 21, 2018

Tom Hagen is combining his expertise in crop breeding and IT to help researchers and farmers be more successful.


CIMMYT helps national programs to enhance maize breeding efficiency in Pakistan

May 29, 2018

Maize is Pakistan’s third important cereal following wheat and rice. However, Pakistan still imports more than 80 percent of the hybrid seeds, costing the country over $50 million annually and making …


First zinc-enriched maize in Guatemala to combat malnutrition

May 21, 2018

The first zinc-enriched maize varieties developed for Guatemala were released this month to improve food and nutrition security in a country where over 46 percent of children suffer from chronic malnu …


Wheat blast screening and surveillance training in Bangladesh

May 15, 2018

Fourteen young wheat researchers from South Asia recently attended a screening and surveillance course to address wheat blast, the mysterious and deadly disease whose surprise 2016 outbreak in southwe …


Farmers, environment, and carbon markets to profit from more precise fertilizer management, study shows

April 24, 2018

Seminal study on nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizer in semi-arid, irrigated agriculture shows that reducing nitrogen fertilizer rates significantly cuts nitrous oxide emissions without reducing g …


New Publications: Adopting climate-smart agricultural practices

April 19, 2018

Farmers in a climate-smart village in Bihar use the leaf colour chart to judge the nitrogen content required for crops. Photo: V.Reddy, ViDocs, CCAFS. Since the 1960s and the Green Revolution in India …


Scientists seek key to boost yields, ensure future food supply

March 23, 2018

Crop genetic gains remain too low, and international scientists are making a concerted effort to determine how best to increase yields.


Breaking ground: Mike Olsen uses new technology to improve farmer’s yields

March 12, 2018

Mike Olsen, upstream research coordinator for CIMMYT maize program, works with scientists to use new technologies to increase breeding program efficiency and genetic gain.


Overcoming gender gaps in rural mechanization

March 6, 2018

A new publication details current gender gaps in rural mechanization in Bangladesh, and outlines plans to overcome these challenges.


New guides help agricultural scientists think gender in research design

March 5, 2018

A new set of resources has been released to aid agricultural researchers in integrating gender sensitivities into their research for development projects.