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New publication: Role of Modelling in International Crop Research

Resource-poor farmers worldwide stand to gain from developments in the field of crop modelling. Photo: H. De Groote/CIMMYT.

“Crop modelling has the potential to significantly contribute to global food and nutrition security,” claim the authors of a recently published paper on the role of modelling in international crop research.  “Millions of farmers, and the societies that …

New publications: Climate change impact and adaptation for wheat protein

An improved wheat variety grows in the field in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo: A. Yaqub/CIMMYT)

Globally, wheat provides around 20 percent of the calories and protein in human diets. By mid-century, crop production must increase by 60 percent to meet global food demand and help reduce hunger, a challenge made even harder by climate change. “Clima …

New publications: Does a climate-smart village approach influence gender equality in farming households?

A woman in a climate-smart village in Bihar, India. (Photo: V.Reddy/ViDocs/CCAFS)

South Asia faces multiple food security challenges, one of which being its extreme vulnerability to climate change. Millions living in the region are expected to be affected by water stress, yield loss, and other climate disasters caused by rising temp …

New publications: Does farm structure matter?

Lushoto, Tanzania. Photo: Rod Waddington

Farmland distributions are rapidly evolving in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, as data from the World Bank’s Tanzanian Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys in Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) shows. Between 2009 and 2013, farms under 5 hectare …

New publications: Reducing agricultural risk is key to poverty eradication

Drought is the primary constraint on maize production in the quiet rural village of Songshuwa, in Yunnan province, China.

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is: Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. Drought is the primary constraint on maize producti …

Exploring the gendered rules shaping agricultural innovation

Women in Ethiopia participate in a focus group discussion as part of GENNOVATE's field research (Photo: Mahelet Hailemariam)

How do gender norms, agency and agricultural innovation interlink? How can we research this question comparatively to better understand patterns without overlooking the specificities of different contexts and the people who occupy them? These questions …

New publications: Book on linear selection indices, first on the subject in thirty years

Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding

After two years of meticulous work, the book Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding has been released by Springer International Publishing for use by plant and animal breeders worldwide. The authors of the book, J. Jesus Céron-Rojas and José …

New publications: What drives capacity to innovate?

Women farmers in Nepal use a mini tiller for direct seeding. (Photo: P.Lowe/CIMMYT)

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. But what are the key characteristics of rural inno …

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


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, Mexico, Pakistan, and the UK, used next-generation seque …

New publications: Adopting new agricultural technologies in Bangladesh

A farmer in Bangladesh irrigates his land using an axial-flow pump. (Photo: Ranak Martin)

New technologies are at the core of sustainable agricultural growth and rural poverty alleviation, says Khondoker Mottaleb, an Agricultural Economist working within CIMMYT’s Socioeconomic Program. However, he explains, despite the visible benefits of u …