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Better farming practices key to combating desertification and drought

Combating desertification and drought is critical, but focusing on the bigger challenge of unsustainable agriculture can deliver more for farmers. Research from India offers new insights on practical …


Agricultural researchers boost fight against malnutrition with staple crops

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 …


Q+A with Denis Huneault about CIMMYT’s No-Plastic Initiative

On June 5, the United Nations is using World Environment Day’s theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” to challenge people around the globe to reduce their usage of single-use plastics by following the motto: …


Breaking Ground: Wei Xiong helps farmers and policymakers make better decisions

Farmers and agricultural policymakers frequently encounter tough decisions with complex trade-offs. Selecting which crop to plant next season, for example, would be much easier with a crystal ball. We …


Tar Spot Complex a potential big black spot on US maize economy

A new study shows that nearly 12 million hectares of the maize-growing USA, approximately 33 percent of the entire maize-growing area of the country, might be vulnerable to a disease called Tar Spot C …


Hunger busters: Ed Mabaya on improved seeds in Africa

At a recent TEDx event in Johannesburg, South Africa, agricultural economist and development practitioner Ed Mabaya invited the audience to think of improved seed varieties as ‘tiny little robots’ tha …


Preserving native maize and culture in Mexico

Felipa Martinez shows off some of her family’s maize from last year’s harvest. Photo: Matthew O’Leary Felipa Martinez, an indigenous Mexican grandmother, grins as she shows off a bag bulging with maiz …


Breaking Ground: Lorena Gonzalez fast-forwards action on hunger using technology

Intrigued by the unique relationship food crops have to their geographical environment, Lorena Gonzalez dedicated her passion for geomatic technology to collect site-specific farm data that is revolut …


CIMMYT Board of Trustees: Out of the Boardroom and into the field

CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees members met with stakeholders on a recent visit to Mexico. Photo: CIMMYT archives The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)’s Board of Trustees visits th …


How collaboration can help grow and transform agriculture in Africa

Women at a maize mill in Ethiopia. Photo: CIMMYT/P. Lowe It’s been four years since African leaders met in Equatorial Guinea to commit themselves to boosting agricultural growth across the continent. …