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With multi-sector support for climate sensitive production 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 …


13th Asian Maize Conference launched in Ludhiana, India

October 9, 2018

LUDHIANA (India) — International experts on maize have gathered in Ludhiana, in the Indian state of Punjab, for the 13th Asian Maize Conference and Expert Consultation on Maize for Food, Feed, Nutriti …


CIMMYT releases 26 new maize lines

October 4, 2018

The new lines are specifically adapted  to tropical/subtropical maize production environments in Africa, Asia and Latin America,  and are freely available to both public and private sector breeders wo …


New publications: What drives capacity to innovate?

September 27, 2018

Involving diverse segments of a target population in agricultural innovation interventions allows for more inclusive and equitable processes while stimulating local innovation and development outcomes …


New global research alliance joins fight against fall armyworm

September 26, 2018

International consortium established to connect research with practical field solutions against pest NAIROBI (Kenya) — As the invasion of the voracious fall armyworm threatens to cause US$3-6 billion …


International experts to convene for 13th Asian Maize Conference

September 19, 2018

International experts to convene in Ludhiana, India, to discuss the way forward to increase climate resilience and productivity of maize, and to strengthen maize-based cropping systems in Asia. A farm …


CIMMYT recognized for support in restoring Guatemalan seed systems after hurricane

September 13, 2018

CIMMYT maize germplasm bank staff preparing the order for the repatriation of Guatemalan seed varieties. (Photo: CIMMYT) The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) maize germplasm b …


Fall armyworm reported in India: battle against the pest extends now to Asia

August 13, 2018

A fall armyworm found on maize plants in Khamman district, Telangana state, India. (Photo: ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research) The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, a devastating insect …


New Publications: Increasing food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan African maize-based food systems, a technological perspective

July 5, 2018

Two experimental lines of provitamin A-enriched orange maize, Zambia. Photo: CIMMYT. A new study from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Wageningen University examines t …