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Breaking Ground: Tom Hagen brings IT expertise to crop breeding

June 21, 2018

Tom Hagen is combining his expertise in crop breeding and IT to help researchers and farmers be more successful.


Better farming practices key to combating desertification and drought

June 15, 2018

Combating desertification and drought is critical, but focusing on the bigger challenge of unsustainable agriculture can deliver more for farmers. Research from India offers new insights on practical …


Agricultural researchers boost fight against malnutrition with staple crops

June 12, 2018

Tandoori bread (Photo: CIMMYT/Carlos Guzmán). Breeding research by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is generating not only higher-yielding maize and wheat varieties but al …


Q+A with Denis Huneault about CIMMYT’s No-Plastic Initiative

June 5, 2018

On June 5, the United Nations is using World Environment Day’s theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” to challenge people around the globe to reduce their usage of single-use plastics by following the motto: …


Breaking Ground: Wei Xiong helps farmers and policymakers make better decisions

May 30, 2018

Farmers and agricultural policymakers frequently encounter tough decisions with complex trade-offs. Selecting which crop to plant next season, for example, would be much easier with a crystal ball. We …


Tar Spot Complex a potential big black spot on US maize economy

May 30, 2018

A new study shows that nearly 12 million hectares of the maize-growing USA, approximately 33 percent of the entire maize-growing area of the country, might be vulnerable to a disease called Tar Spot C …


Hunger busters: Ed Mabaya on improved seeds in Africa

May 24, 2018

At a recent TEDx event in Johannesburg, South Africa, agricultural economist and development practitioner Ed Mabaya invited the audience to think of improved seed varieties as ‘tiny little robots’ tha …


Preserving native maize and culture in Mexico

May 21, 2018

Felipa Martinez shows off some of her family’s maize from last year’s harvest. Photo: Matthew O’Leary Felipa Martinez, an indigenous Mexican grandmother, grins as she shows off a bag bulging with maiz …


Breaking Ground: Lorena Gonzalez fast-forwards action on hunger using technology

May 17, 2018

Intrigued by the unique relationship food crops have to their geographical environment, Lorena Gonzalez dedicated her passion for geomatic technology to collect site-specific farm data that is revolut …


CIMMYT Board of Trustees: Out of the Boardroom and into the field

May 16, 2018

CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees members met with stakeholders on a recent visit to Mexico. Photo: CIMMYT archives The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)’s Board of Trustees visits th …


How collaboration can help grow and transform agriculture in Africa

May 16, 2018

Women at a maize mill in Ethiopia. Photo: CIMMYT/P. Lowe It’s been four years since African leaders met in Equatorial Guinea to commit themselves to boosting agricultural growth across the continent. …


“Layering” climate smart rice-wheat farming practices in India boosts benefits

May 8, 2018

New scientific research into “layering” climate smart agriculture techniques shows promise, demonstrating the potential for crop adaptability to climate change.


Q+A with Iván Ortíz-Monasterio on nitrogen application and consequences

May 7, 2018

In this interview, Iván Ortíz-Monasterio, expert on sustainable intensification and wheat crop management, discusses the overuse of nitrogen fertilizer and related consequences, his experience with fa …


Moving ‘impact’ beyond a buzzword in international development

May 3, 2018

Larry Cooley and his wife, Marina Fanning visiting the CIMMYT germplasm bank. Photo: CIMMYT. In the arena of international development, impact is the name of the game. Researchers, practitioners and f …


Farmers, environment, and carbon markets to profit from more precise fertilizer management, study shows

April 24, 2018

Seminal study on nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizer in semi-arid, irrigated agriculture shows that reducing nitrogen fertilizer rates significantly cuts nitrous oxide emissions without reducing g …


Breaking Ground: Terry Molnar uses native maize varieties to find novel traits for breeding

April 19, 2018

Terry Molnar is helping farmers face these challenges by using the natural diversity of plants to unlock desirable genetic traits inside food crops.


Bearish headlines overstate the extent of available global wheat stocks, analysts say

April 5, 2018

The declining area sown to wheat worldwide, together with stockpiling by China, is masking significant risk in global wheat markets, experts at Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in …


Global maize experts discuss biofortification for nutrition and health

April 5, 2018

Over two billion people across the world suffer from hidden hunger, the consumption of a sufficient number of calories, but still lacking essential nutrients such as vitamin A, iron or zinc. This can …


Young women scientists who will galvanize global wheat research

March 28, 2018

Winners of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award joined an on-going wheat research training course organized by CIMMYT.


Scientists seek key to boost yields, ensure future food supply

March 23, 2018

Crop genetic gains remain too low, and international scientists are making a concerted effort to determine how best to increase yields.