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Solving the “last mile” challenge of maize seeds

March 13, 2019

Philomena Muthoni Mwangi stands at the entrance of her agrodealer shop, Farm Care, in the village of Ngarariga. (Photo: Jerome Bossuet/CIMMYT) Agrodealers play a pivotal role in delivering the gains o …


Support groups open women’s access to farm technologies in northeast India

March 12, 2019

Self-help groups in Bihar, India, are putting thousands of rural women in touch with agricultural innovations, including mechanization and sustainable intensification, that save time, money, and criti …


Digital imaging tools make maize breeding much more efficient

March 11, 2019

Recent innovations in digital imagery and sensors save money and time in the collection of data related to phenotyping. These technologies, known as high-throughput phenotyping platforms, replace leng …


Breaking Ground: Rahma Adam unleashes the agricultural productivity of Africa’s women and youth

March 11, 2019

Sociologist Rahma Adam believes there is one vital resource that remains untapped. One which, when unleashed, will not only increase food security but also boost livelihoods: the human capital of Afri …


Growing need for food is reason for more biodiversity

March 8, 2019

A recent study in Ethiopia has led to two important new conclusions: that encouraging biodiversity on and around agricultural land likely increases its productivity, and that measurements of productiv …


Photo essay: Tribal women in India find value in maize cultivation

March 7, 2019

Improved maize hybrids, precision nutrient management techniques and improved weed management practices have helped the women increase their yields. This year the group harvested more than 3,300 kg fr …


Drought-tolerant hybrid seed offers farmers reprieve from hunger

March 6, 2019

Like many other smallholder farmers spread across the water-stressed counties of Machakos, Makueni and Kitui, in Kenya’s lower eastern region, Munini is staring at a massive crop loss. Prolonged dry s …


The missing seed market: Promoting improved seeds for women farmers

February 27, 2019

The “Gender-Responsive Approaches for the Promotion of Improved Maize Seed in Africa” guidebook, developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), explains how best to packag …


Assessing the effectiveness of a “wheat holiday” for preventing blast in the lower Gangetic plains

February 22, 2019

Policy to encourage alternative crops for wheat farmers in South Asia a short-term solution at best, say CIMMYT researchers


New infographics illustrate impact of wheat blast

February 18, 2019

Wheat blast is a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease that threatens food safety and security in the Americas and South Asia. First officially identified in Brazil in 1984, the disease is widesp …


Precision planters boost maize yields in Pakistan

February 13, 2019

In the northwestern province of Pakistan, near the Afghan border, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is helping connect farmers with precision planters to support higher mai …


Cobs & Spikes: Jump-starting Haiti’s maize seed sector

February 6, 2019

Haiti has the lowest maize yields in Latin America and the Caribbean, and around half of the population is undernourished. Five hurricanes in the past decade and a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in 2010 hav …


Seeds go digital: faster and better-quality certification, a game-changer for African farmers?

January 17, 2019

Seed Assure app testing in the field in Kiboko, Kenya. (Photo: CIMMYT) Many Kenyan maize farmers are busy preparing their seed stock for the next planting season. Sowing high quality seeds of stress-t …


Experts identify policy gaps in fertilizer application in India

December 21, 2018

A dialogue in New Delhi facilitated discussion on innovations for promoting balanced application of macro and micro nutrient fertilizers in Indian agriculture.


The saving grace of a hefty investment

December 18, 2018

Bangladesh farmer Raju Sarder sits on his recently acquired reaper. (Photo: iDE/Md. Ikram Hossain) Young farmer’s investment in a reaper saves him time, money and dignity, while helping others in the …


Pakistan wheat seed makeover: More productive, resilient varieties for thousands of farmers

December 13, 2018

Munfiat, a farmer from Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, is happy to sow and share seed of the high-yielding, disease resistant Faisalabad-08 wheat variety. (Photo: CIMMYT/Ansa …


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 …


New digital maps to support soil fertility management in Nepal

December 4, 2018

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is working with Nepal’s Soil Management Directorate and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) to aggr …


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 …