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

November 8, 2018

ADDIS ABABA (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, researchers, exte …


New publications: Does farm structure matter?

November 1, 2018

Farmland distributions are rapidly evolving in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, as data from the World Bank’s Tanzanian Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys in Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) …


Scaling up mechanization in Bangladesh through partnerships

October 17, 2018

Over the last two decades, a significant number of rural Bangladeshis – especially youth – have migrated to urban centers, looking for higher paying jobs and an escape from agricultural labor. Conor R …


In your seeds I trust: African seed companies test the SeedAssure application

October 11, 2018

NAIROBI (Kenya) — More than 20 representatives of eastern and southern African seed companies and regulatory agencies recently took part in the demonstration of a new seed certification application th …


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 …


New global research alliance joins fight against fall armyworm

September 26, 2018

International consortium established to connect research with practical field solutions against pest NAIROBI (Kenya) — As the invasion of the voracious fall armyworm threatens to cause US$3-6 billion …


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 ( …


Over 100,000 genes: CIMMYT scientist talks about the new wheat genome map

August 31, 2018

After 13 years of research, an international team of more than 200 scientists recently cracked the full genome of bread wheat. Considering that wheat has five times more DNA than humans, this is a sig …


Breaking Ground: Santiago López-Ridaura supports farmers facing tough decisions

August 22, 2018

Farmers frequently encounter trade-offs between maximizing short-term profits and ensuring sustainable, long-term production. Santiago López-Ridaura, a senior scientist at the International Maize and …


Video: How to identify and scout for fall armyworm

August 16, 2018

A new 3-D animation video published yesterday shows farmers how to scout for and identify the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). The video shows scouting techniques and highlights the importance o …


New publications: Adopting new agricultural technologies in Bangladesh

August 14, 2018

New technologies are at the core of sustainable agricultural growth and rural poverty alleviation, says Khondoker Mottaleb, an Agricultural Economist working within CIMMYT’s Socioeconomic Program. How …


Breaking Ground: Gemma Molero sheds light on wheat photosynthesis

July 18, 2018

Despite the rising interest in advanced methods to discover useful genes for breeding in crops like wheat, the role of crop physiology research is now more important than ever, according to Gemma Mole …


Advocating for women entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

July 11, 2018

Dipty Roy operating her power take-off machinery in the village of Taltola, Rajbari. Photo: Rowshan Anis/iDE In Bangladesh, women disproportionately face social stigmas regarding appropriate behaviors …


How women are unlocking the potential of maize in Mayurbhanj, India

July 5, 2018

In the tribal belt of Mayurbhanj, Odisha, maize cultivation is becoming increasingly popular. Thousands of acres of fallow upland areas are suitable for maize cultivation during the kharif (monsoon) s …


CIMMYT projects working to enhance business agility of South Asian seed companies

June 18, 2018

The seed industry in Nepal, as in most developing countries, is still emerging and largely untapped. Lack of availability of start-up working capital, business incentives in the sector, new technologi …


Agricultural researchers boost fight against malnutrition with staple crops

June 12, 2018

Tandoori bread (Photo: CIMMYT/Carlos Guzmán). Breeding research by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is generating not only higher-yielding maize and wheat varieties but al …


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 …


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 …


CIMMYT at DAWN Pakistan Agri Expo 2018

May 11, 2018

The Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan (AIP), set up a stall at the DAWN Pakistan Agri Expo in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan on 3-4 May, 2018 to present successes in agricultural technologies and …


Women farmers, researchers, and local agencies fight to unlock the potential of maize in eastern India

March 7, 2018

A women dries maize grain after shelling. Photo: CIMMYT/ Wasim Iftikar Unforeseen market effects, particularly rising land values and falling maize prices, have blocked the headway of women’s groups i …