HarvestPlus aims to reduce hidden hunger and provide micronutrients to billions of people directly through the staple foods that they eat. We use a novel process called biofortification to breed higher levels of micronutrients directly into key staple foods. For more information, visit http://www.harvestplus.org/.
Agriculture for Peace platform launches at Borlaug Dialogue
Seven founding partners introduced Ag4Peace, a new initiative that aims to build resilient food systems and improve livelihoods and diets in low- and middle-income countries.
New WIRES initiatives to advance women’s careers in science and research
The CGIAR Women in Research and Science (WIRES) employee-led resource group recently had a virtual engagement to discuss the progress and new happenings in the group.
Remembering Ephrame Havazvidi
Ephrame Havazvidi served on the WHEAT Independent Steering Committee from 2015-2021 and was a prominent plant breeder and crop expert.
Successful Crop Innovation Is Mitigating Climate Crisis Impact in Africa
Source: IPS News (17 Feb 2021)
In an op-ed, Martin Kropff, Director General of CIMMYT, discusses how higher-yielding, stress-tolerant maize varieties can not only help smallholders combat climatic variabilities and diseases, but also effectively diversify their farms.
“Historic” release of six improved wheat varieties in Nepal
High-zinc and climate-resilient varieties poised to boost production for farmers and nutrition for consumers.
Scientific opportunities and challenges
First meetings of the AGG Science and Technical Steering Committees generate insights and recommendations for optimizing breeding schemes.
Farmers flock towards nutritious, orange maize
A growing number of smallholders in southern Zimbabwe adopt provitamin-A maize after collective learning and knowledge transfer initiative.
AgriFoodTrust platform gains momentum in quest for more inclusive, transparent agriculture
The testing and learning platform is working to tackle issues from adulterated seeds to crop residue burning.
Partners in nutrition
Strong partnerships key to making healthy diets affordable and meeting global nutrition challenges, says CIMMYT researcher Natalia Palacios at 2020 African Green Revolution Forum.
The missing link between maize seeds and trust
Scientists assess the use of blockchain to track the impact of biofortified seeds.
Breaking Ground: Sudha Nair helps bridge gap between maize breeding and genetics
CIMMYT scientist applies genomics in maize breeding to achieve higher genetic gains.
This little seed went to market
Seed companies in Malawi share how they chose their flagship varieties and got them onto the commercial market.
Opinion: COVID-19 highlights need to boost resilience of Africa’s rural poor
Source: Devex (4 May 2020)
Leaders from CIMMYT, Harvest Plus and Clinton Development Initiative discuss need for smallholder farmers to be resilient against shocks — pandemics, droughts or crop infestations.