As a fast growing region with increasing challenges for smallholder farmers, Asia is a key target region for CIMMYT. CIMMYT’s work stretches from Central Asia to southern China and incorporates system-wide approaches to improve wheat and maize productivity and deliver quality seed to areas with high rates of child malnutrition. Activities involve national and regional local organizations to facilitate greater adoption of new technologies by farmers and benefit from close partnerships with farmer associations and agricultural extension agents.
Agricultural scientist Balwinder Singh awarded ‘Alumnus of the Year’ by a prestigious Australian university
Source: SBS Punjabi (8 Sep 2021)
The Indian researcher leads CIMMYT’s environmental analytics work in South Asia, where he addresses the region’s productivity and sustainability challenges in cereal systems.
A new initiative will monitor groundwater and will provide a framework for sustainable irrigation practices.
Cross-regional collaboration brings wheat blast protection to farmers in Bangladesh and Brazil.
Partnership for mechanization bolsters economic prosperity in host communities near Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.
CIMMYT’s collaboration with scientists in Kazakhstan finds a new, promising source of genetic resistance to tan spot, a damaging wheat disease.
Researchers, extension services, partners and policymakers can better support feminization of agriculture processes in the Indo-Gangetic Plains through improved research and recommendations.
National value chain study presents an overview of the country’s maize, wheat and rice harvesting equipment, from manufacturing and imports to farm-level service provision.
Bangladesh could largely reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture while increasing efficiency in production
Farmers could save costs and contribute to climate mitigation by adopting easy-to-access farming methods like better nitrogen management, intermittent irrigation, and strip tillage, study shows.
Fostering private sector engagement to develop and scale locally-produced hybrids seeds in Nepal.
Postgraduate students visit a hybrid maize seed company as part of drive to enhance partnerships between Nepal’s agricultural universities and the seed industry.
Source: World Grain (19 Mar 2021)
Genetic analyses show that a destructive wheat blast fungus that travelled from South America to South East Asia is now established in Zambia under rain-fed conditions.
CIMMYT scientists use high-powered drones and space satellite imagery to accelerate crop improvement, fight pests and diseases and help farmers make better crop management decisions.
CIMMYT maize lines CML604A to CML615A are adapted to tropical maize production environments.
Source: Reuters (15 Apr 2021)
Scientists at CIMMYT expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets.