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Every year, CIMMYT trains tens of thousands of farmers, scientists, and technicians on techniques and practices for food security, nutrition, health and resource conservation. In contrast to formal academic training in plant breeding and agronomy, CIMMYT training activities are hands-on and highly specialized. Topics include practices to preserve maize and wheat genetic diversity; biological pest management; climate change adaptation and safer food processing. Trainees from Africa, Asia and Latin America benefit from the data assembled and handled in a global research program. Alumni of CIMMYT courses often become a significant force for agricultural change in their countries.

Features

A day in the life of a farmer in India’s Odisha state, part of  tribal community that has long lived off the land. 

In the media

Source: Dhaka Tribune (29 Sep 2021)

Bangladesh wants to expand the work of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia-Mechanization Extension Activity (CSISA-MEA) project in Bogra, Jessore, Faridpur and Cox’s Bazar to the rest of the country.

News

CIMMYT, USAID and partners announce the publication of a guide for integrated pest management of fall armyworm in Asia.

Features

Successful establishment of an agricultural machinery workshop in Meki signals a boost for private sector-driven mechanization in Ethiopia.

In the media

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.

Features

Fostering private sector engagement to develop and scale locally-produced hybrids seeds in Nepal.

News

Postgraduate students visit a hybrid maize seed company as part of drive to enhance partnerships between Nepal’s agricultural universities and the seed industry.

Features

Educator and researcher trains partners from around the world in CIMMYT’s unique wheat improvement course.

News

New equipment will speed up and enhance the accuracy of national breeding processes including seed preparation, data collection and inventory management.

Videos

Two-wheel tractors have replaced outdated farming tools, helping Ethiopian farmers reduce drudgery, improve productivity and increase their profits.

Blogs

Alumni of CIMMYT’s historic wheat training program reflect on a powerful learning experience.

Photos

In India’s state of Odisha, maize farming is lifting up the socioeconomic status of women.