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Q&A: Expanding CIMMYT’s research agenda on markets and business

November 21, 2018

CIMMYT economist Jason Donovan discusses the role of seed companies and food markets EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Food security is heavily dependent on seed security. Sustainable seed systems ensure th …


Affordable grain drying and storage technologies cut down aflatoxins

November 9, 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa lose up to a third of their grain after harvest because they often use poor grain storage technologies and ineffective drying practi …


Breaking Ground: Brendan Brown brings research to small-scale farmers

October 23, 2018

Agricultural research for development has tremendous potential for widespread impact in poverty alleviation and food security. However, achieving real benefits for farmers is challenging and many well …


Breaking Ground: Santiago López-Ridaura supports farmers facing tough decisions

August 22, 2018

Farmers frequently encounter trade-offs between maximizing short-term profits and ensuring sustainable, long-term production. Santiago López-Ridaura, a senior scientist at the International Maize and …


Sabbatical / Visiting Fellow Opportunities

May 25, 2018

We are seeking dynamic, pro-active and results-oriented Sabbatical/Visiting Fellows in the following four thematic areas of Wheat and/or Maize Agri-Food Systems (AFS).


Local businesses boost farmer access to quality seed in Nepal

December 20, 2017

The Nepal Seed and Fertilizer project is working with seed companies to build their capacity for both seed production and distribution.


How smarter financing can boost Nepal’s seed sector

November 29, 2017

Nepal’s push to grow its seed sector is expanding to banking, with new financial measures expected to benefit seed companies across the country.


John R. Porter, noted crop and climate scientist, becomes chairperson of the Independent Steering Committee for global wheat research

November 8, 2017

EL BATAN, Mexico (8 November 2017) – Professor Dr. John R. Porter, from the Agropolis/Montpellier Supagro/INRA/CIRAD conglomeration in Montpellier, France, has been elected as Chair of the Independent …


Community-based approach to gender research has far-reaching impacts

November 7, 2017

Kristie Drucza leads a gender workshop. Photo courtesy of Kristie Drucza. Researchers are changing rural development in Ethiopia by putting local communities in control of initiatives. A project funde …


Donors, agriculture stakeholders prioritize new gender research methods in Ethiopia

November 1, 2017

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CIMMYT) – A growing body of evidence shows that when communities are in control of a development initiative, gender equality increases and the project’s goals are reached even f …


New Publications: Addressing conflict through community resource management

October 26, 2017

A new study examines the role of collective resource management in conflict.


Scientists, policymakers meet in Bangladesh to produce climate services agenda for Asia

September 15, 2017

DHAKA (CIMMYT) – Successful farm management requires reliable climate prediction technology to ensure crops flourish and make it to harvest. High-quality data, maps, risk and vulnerability analyses no …


New Publications: Climate change adaptation practices decrease poverty, boost food security

June 28, 2017

Farmers in Pakistan that practice climate change adaptation strategies have higher food security levels and are less likely to live in poverty than those that don’t.


Breaking Ground: More data on gender roles key for a food secure world, says Anya Umantseva

June 22, 2017

Social inequality, including gender discrimination, hinders the potential for economic development, a key focus of the agriculture for development community.


Breaking Ground: Hands on experience gives Carolina Camacho insight into farming best practices

April 26, 2017

Tending her own crops gives Carolina Camacho insights into the challenges farmers face that she could never have learned in a classroom.


New Publications: Consumer preference for GM food in Pakistan

April 5, 2017

WhileGM foods continue to be a topic of debate in much of the developed world, few studies have focused on consumers’ acceptance of GM food in developing countries.


Breaking Ground: Akhter Ali helps transform agriculture sector in Pakistan

March 9, 2017

Akhter Ali always knew he wanted to have an impact on the livelihoods of farmers in Pakistan.


Beating the odds: Indigenous female scientist gets Mexico’s National Youth Award

August 26, 2016

CIMMYT PhD fellow Tania Martínez receives Mexican National Youth Award for her outstanding performance in academic achievement.


Sustainable agricultural technologies: A sure pathway for improving African smallholder farmers’ nutrition and food security

May 17, 2016

A four-year project concludes with rich evidence that will enable policy makers to support adoption of innovative agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers in Africa Angeline Odero in her maize …


New Publications: Maize Lethal Necrosis survey reveals farmer impact, future needs

May 16, 2016

A new study reveals the need for continued development of maize varieities resistant to MLN and strengthening farmer resilience.