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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 …


Breaking Ground: Huihui Li links new genetic knowledge with crop breeding

November 28, 2018

DNA is often referred to as the blueprint for life. It contains codes to make the proteins, molecules and cells essential for an organism’s growth and development. Over the last decade, scientists hav …


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 …


Matthew Reynolds joins the Mexican Academy of Sciences

November 16, 2018

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Mexico’s most prestigious scientific association has welcomed Matthew Reynolds among its regular members after accepting the nomination presented by fellow member, Alfonso …


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Blue maize opportunities for Mexican farmers

October 22, 2018

Blue maize is a ubiquitous aspect of Mexico’s food culture, especially in the central highlands. Most of it is grown by small-scale farmers for local consumers who value it for its rich flavor and tex …


New publications: Germplasm bank accessions add value to elite wheat lines

September 13, 2018

For the first time ever, a research team of more than 40 scientists has genetically characterized values of exotics in hexaploid wheat. CIMMYT scientists, together with partners in Demark, India, Mexi …


Winners of third Cargill-CIMMYT Award increase food production in Mexico

July 25, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, MEXICO – Cargill Mexico and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) announced the winners of the third Cargill-CIMMYT Food Security and Sustainabi …


The most important award is the one farmers give: Bram Govaerts

May 25, 2018

Bram Govaerts with the members of the Río Fuerte Sur Farmer Association (AARFS) Management Committee. Photo: José Saucedo. On the 14th of May, the Río Fuerte Sur Farmers’ Association (Asociación de Ag …


Mexico and CIMMYT share a common vision for sustainable food production

May 9, 2018

Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) is committed to provide Mexican farmers with the best possible seed and technical support, according to …


New Publications: Precision agriculture for smallholder farmers

April 5, 2018

A new study tests a stepping-stone for small-scale precision agriculture fertilizer application.


Field trial design workshop for smallholder farmers who grow maize landraces

March 20, 2018

As part of the efforts of the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture program aimed at improving food security based on maize landraces in marginal areas of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico


New book highlights sustainable agriculture success story in Mexico

October 25, 2017

A new book from Columbia University Press offers social sector organizations a how-to guide on applying new and creative methods to solve complex problems.


New Publications: Using networks to disseminate agricultural innovations

October 12, 2017

A new study examines how networks help spread new technologies and innovations in agriculture.


Public policy and Borlaug’s final instruction: take it to the farmer

September 14, 2017

In a blog published by the World Food Prize, Bram Govaerts discusses the need for integration between research and decision-making at all levels including the public policy levels.


CIMMYT sends largest ever seed shipment to revitalize agriculture in Haiti

June 28, 2017

CIMMYT will send 150 tons of renewed, improved maize seed to Haiti, the largest seed shipment to any country in the organization’s history.


Sustainable agriculture for healthy forests

June 5, 2017

Agriculture is the second largest emitter of global greenhouse gas emissions and largest driver of deforestation, making the sector one of the top contributors to climate change and biodiversity loss.


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.


Breaking Ground: Cesar Petroli on data-driven use of maize genetic diversity

February 15, 2017

Access to genetic data can revolutionize research partnerships and lead to major benefits for crop breeders aiming to help smallholder farmers boost yields, says geneticist Cesar Petroli.


Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

February 6, 2017

Scientists unlock evolutionary secrets of landraces through a study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis of flowering time and how maize adapts to variable environments.


Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

February 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Scientists have unlocked evolutionary secrets of landraces through an unprecedented study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis …