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Ancient maize varieties provide modern solution to tar spot complex

In southern Mexico and Central America a fungal maize disease known as tar spot complex is decimating yields, threatening local food security and livelihoods.


Learning from 8,000 people to integrate gender into agricultural research

It is often a mystery why a new agricultural technology or practice can be successful in one community yet fail to have the desired effect in another.


CIMMYT receives collaboration award from the Yunnan provincial government

CIMMYT received a collaboration award recognizing contributions made to improving maize and wheat productivity, from the government in China’s Yunnan Province.


Drought-tolerant maize a boon to farmers in Zambia hit by El Niño

Drought-related challenges in Africa call for proactive interventions rather than reactive ones.


Emergency seed project brings relief to drought-affected farmers in Ethiopia

As Ethiopia struggles with its worst drought in 50 years, farmers pin their hopes on seed delivered through emergency seed projects.


HarvestPlus World Food Prize laureates benefit more than 10 million people

HarvestPlus director Howarth Bouis is one of four winners of the 2016 World Food Prize for research leading to a substantial increase in the availability of nutritious biofortified crops.


Smallholders in Rwanda and Zambia to enhance wheat productivity through new project

A new project aims to over double wheat production in target areas of Zambia and Rwanda to help smallholders meet rising demand and cope with high import costs.


Education, supportive policies key to making biotechnology work for Africa

Increasing public understanding and creating supportive policies key recommendations at a session on boosting Africa’s use of biotechnology.


Building a sustainable future: A history of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

Since 2004, conservation agriculture has helped farmers in southern Africa maintain and boost yields, protect the environment and increase profits.


Action needed to adapt maize breeding to climate change, report shows

Breeding and seed systems must immediately adapt to changing climates if major loss of maize yields is to be avoided, a new report shows.