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New CIMMYT pre-commercial maize hybrids available from eastern and southern Africa breeding programs

February 21, 2019

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in eastern and southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up …


New partnership announced for sustainable maize production in Colombia

February 14, 2019

Palmira (Colombia), February 14, 2019 — AGROSAVIA, Colombia’s leading not-for-profit organization for agricultural research and technology transfer, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture ( …


Researchers and friends recall John Mihm, former CIMMYT maize entomologist

January 29, 2019

The community of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) joins former colleagues of John A. Mihm, CIMMYT’s maize entomologist during the 1970s-90s, in honoring his memory and val …


Seeds go digital: faster and better-quality certification, a game-changer for African farmers?

January 17, 2019

Seed Assure app testing in the field in Kiboko, Kenya. (Photo: CIMMYT) Many Kenyan maize farmers are busy preparing their seed stock for the next planting season. Sowing high quality seeds of stress-t …


Breaking Ground: Breeder Marcela C. Andrade bolsters maize with hardiness from ancestral races

January 16, 2019

As the world heats up and water grows scarce, threatening the productivity of humankind’s preferred crops, breeder Marcela Carvalho Andrade and her colleagues at the International Maize and Wheat Impr …


Reducing high yield gaps with decision-support apps

January 15, 2019

Nutrient Expert is a computer-based application to provide nutrient recommendations for individual farmers’ fields. Results from Nutrient Expert trials in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania showed improve …


International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa ramps up seed innovations

January 10, 2019

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) launched the International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa (IMIC-Africa) in May 2018, to better engage with a committed set of par …


International experts discuss progress and challenges of maize research and development in Asia

December 17, 2018

Conference participants pose for a group photo at the field visit site during the 13th Asian Maize Conference. (Photo: Manjit Singh/Punjab Agricultural University) The importance of maize in Asian cro …


With multi-sector support for climate-sensitive practices, African farmers can boost food security and resilience

December 14, 2018

Support for smallholder farmers to trial and select sustainable practices suited to their varying conditions is essential to build resilient farms needed to feed Africa’s soaring population, said econ …


Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during 2019

December 11, 2018

The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya, will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2019 at the beginning of January 2019 and in other f …


International coalition keeps devastating maize disease at bay, but risks still linger

December 10, 2018

Delegates of the 3-year review conference pose for a group photograph at the ICRAF Campus in Nairobi. (Photo: Joshua Masinde/CIMMYT) NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — When maize lethal necrosis (MLN) was firs …


CIMMYT drought tolerant maize: A key innovation for millions of farmers, says FAO

December 3, 2018

As climate experts forecast another climate-warming El Nino in early 2019, maize varieties developed under the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) initiative represent low-cost innovations that c …


New CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids for southern Africa

November 29, 2018

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production f …


CIMMYT laments the passing of Theodore Assimwe, Rwandan research pillar

November 15, 2018

Rwandan crop researcher Theodore Assimwe. NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The CIMMYT family mourns the demise and honors the valuable contributions of Rwandan crop researcher Theodore Assimwe, who died on N …


International research-for-development coalition against fall armyworm, the not-so-nice, very hungry caterpillar

November 8, 2018

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CIMMYT) — African farmers have lost millions of dollars in earnings since 2016 due to the loss of crops to the voracious fall armyworm. Since the initial shock, farmers, researc …


New initiative to improve access to high quality maize seed for African farmers

October 26, 2018

Research partners to develop new maize hybrid seed production system to help smallholder farmers access modern, high quality maize hybrid seed. Pretoria, South Africa, 26 October 2018 – An initiative …


To feed the world, take the science to the farmer

October 25, 2018

Experts discuss agricultural research and food security at the 2018 Borlaug Dialogue DES MOINES (Iowa) — Hundreds of food and agriculture leaders from around the world gathered last week in Iowa, USA, …


First conference of new global research alliance to establish practical field solutions against Fall Armyworm

October 23, 2018

JOINT MEDIA ADVISORY Time to scale up fight against the voracious pest Despite significant efforts to control the spread of the invasive Fall Armyworm, first detected in Africa in 2016, the pest keeps …


CIMMYT has key role to address global nutrition challenges, says maize quality specialist

October 15, 2018

Natalia Palacios, CIMMYT maize quality specialist, spearheads the center’s work to raise the nutritional value of maize-based foods. Exposure to more frequent and intense climate extremes is threateni …


CIMMYT shows partners in Kenya new breakthroughs in maize and wheat research

October 10, 2018

NAIROBI (Kenya) — Members of the International Maize Improvement Consortium (IMIC) and other partners had a chance to go on a field visit to the Kiboko and Naivasha research stations in Kenya on Septe …