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Researchers find “hotspot” regions in the wheat genome for high zinc content, new study shows

September 17, 2018

The reported work by wheat scientists paves the way for expanded use of wild grass species, such as Aegilops tauschii (also known as goat grass; pictured here) as sources of new genes for higher grain …


Nutritious vitamin A orange maize boosts health and livelihoods in Zimbabwe

July 25, 2018

Ashley Muzhange eats sadza with her family in rural Zimabwe. Her sadza is made with vitamin A orange maize, a variety improving the nutrition of children and families in the nation. Photo: Matthew O’L …


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 …


New Publications: Biofortified maize to reduce malnutrition

May 17, 2018

A farmer carries maize back from the field. A new science brief, written by scientists from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and partner organizations details the use of n …


Global maize experts discuss biofortification for nutrition and health

April 5, 2018

Over two billion people across the world suffer from hidden hunger, the consumption of a sufficient number of calories, but still lacking essential nutrients such as vitamin A, iron or zinc. This can …


First zinc maize variety launched to reduce malnutrition in Colombia

February 28, 2018

A new CIMMYT developed zinc-enriched maize variety was released in Colombia to help combat malnutrition in South America.


New zinc enriched maize set to improve nutrition in Colombia

February 21, 2018

Cali, Colombia (CIMMYT) – The first zinc-enriched maize variety developed for South America will be released in Colombia on February 23 in an effort to combat malnutrition in the country. Developed us …


New Publications: Storage of maize products results in vitamin loss

February 15, 2018

Biofortification of crops through traditional breeding techniques has become very common in the fight against malnutrition globally. Biofortified provitamin A maize is bred to produce increased carote …


Improving diet through nutritious maize in Colombia

May 2, 2016

A field day was organized at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture to show the advances of biofortified maize in Colombia.


Ensuring quality control of nutritious maize by enhancing analytical capacity

November 4, 2015

From L-R: John Banda, Ndashe Kapulu, and Alejandra Miranda working in the lab, August 2015. Photo courtesy of Alejandra Miranda. Development and deployment of nutritious maize with higher protein qual …


CIMMYT empowers a new generation of maize breeders in Zambia

October 28, 2015

CIMMYT conducted a training course in Zambia for maize breeders teaching modern maize breeding methods.


Setting the stage for delivering high zinc wheat in South Asia

October 6, 2015

HarvestPlus pioneers at the off-season seed production site in Dalang Maidan, Himachal Pradesh, India. Photo: HarvestPlus Public and private sector partners in HarvestPlus’ biofortified wheat research …


CIMMYT-SARO steps up efforts in war against malnutrition

August 3, 2015

CIMMYT is stepping up efforts to combat malnutrition through agricultural research and the release of orange maize varieties.


CIMMYT-Bangladesh showcase technology at national fair

July 6, 2015

Bangladesh’s Minister of Agriculture Motia Chowdhury (3rd from left) visited the CGIAR Pavilion while inaugurating the National Agricultural Technology Fair held in Dhaka on 5-7 April 2015. In the pho …


Vitamin A orange maize: a partnership between agriculture and nutrition bears fruit

June 30, 2015

Guest blogger from HarvestPlus Only 20 years ago, the idea that maize could reduce vitamin A deficiency (VAD) would have been summarily dismissed. Agricultural scientists were focused on increasing yi …


HarvestPlus wheat varieties fight zinc and iron deficiency in India

December 10, 2012

A series of farmer-scientist interaction meetings to create awareness of HarvestPlus and new biofortified wheat varieties with high zinc and iron content, involve farmers in participatory varietal sel …


Discussing the importance of seed systems

July 25, 2012

As we endeavour to reach more farmers with improved varieties, seed systems are becoming increasingly important for CIMMYT in Africa, and a number of projects are generating germplasm to meet the vari …


Boosting adoption and utilization of orange maize in Zambia

July 17, 2012

In Zambia, 54 percent of children are Vitamin A-deficient; a condition resulting in poor eyesight, low immunity, and high rates of mortality. The HarvestPlus Challenge Program is hoping to rectify thi …