Posts Tagged ‘top story’

Food security requires acceleration of advanced science, not just “feeding,” CIMMYT 50 delegates say

September 29, 2016

The agriculture for development sector must begin “nourishing” families with nutrition-sensitive interventions instead of focusing on “feeding,” says Lindiwe Majele Sibanda.


Mexico, funding, sustainability key to meeting agricultural challenges, “CIMMYT 50” delegates say

September 28, 2016

Pushing the boundaries on technological innovation and sustainability must always be first and foremost, said Martin Kropff, director general CIMMYT.


Gene bank crowdfunding campaign gains traction with commercial seed industry

September 27, 2016

A pledge of $10,000 by international plant breeding company KWS has given a big boost to an online crowdfunding initiative aiming to help maintain the world’s largest maize and wheat germplasm bank.


New high-yielding maize aids smallholder farmers, helps hungry in drought-hit Africa

September 27, 2016

Bigger and healthier maize is helping counter the effects of severe drought caused by the warming effects of an El Nino weather system.


New generation of hunger fighters needed, says Julie Borlaug at CIMMYT 50th anniversary

September 26, 2016

Encourage youth willing to become “hunger fighters” to take up the challenges of farming despite erratic weather caused by climate change, drought, dwindling water supplies and nutrient-depleted soil.


CIMMYT museum highlights cultural aspects of maize and wheat

September 21, 2016

A new museum in Mexico provides historical background and context for scientific research into maize and wheat, emphasizing agricultural achievements in the developing world.


CIMMYT must reboot its long-term agricultural strategy to meet new challenges

September 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C., 19 SEPT 2016 — Credited with saving hundreds of million from hunger in the post-World War II era, global agricultural research organizations such as the Inter …


A Chat With: IPNI Director Shamie Zingore — boosting smallholder agriculture in Africa

September 4, 2016

Effective partnerships between research, public and private sector institutions are the key to unlock the potential of smallholder agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa says IPNI director.


“Invisible women” hold key to food security – ex-WFP chief Catherine Bertini

August 27, 2016

Despite the large numbers of women working on farms, their voices are not heard by international development policymakers, handicapping global efforts to achieve food security, Catherine Bertini says.


A Chat With: Mark Lynas – sustainable agriculture key to food security amid climate change

August 23, 2016

Sustainable agricultural practices are key to feeding the global population in the face of climate change said Environmentalist Mark Lynas.


Learning from 8,000 people to integrate gender into agricultural research

July 19, 2016

It is often a mystery why a new agricultural technology or practice can be successful in one community yet fail to have the desired effect in another.


HarvestPlus World Food Prize laureates benefit more than 10 million people

June 30, 2016

HarvestPlus director Howarth Bouis is one of four winners of the 2016 World Food Prize for research leading to a substantial increase in the availability of nutritious biofortified crops.


From A to Z: Developing nutritious maize and wheat at CIMMYT for 50 years

June 5, 2016

Over the past 50 years, various research activities have been undertaken to boost protein quality and micronutrient levels in maize and wheat to help improve nutrition in poor communities.


Everything you ever wanted to know about gluten — at CIMMYT

May 23, 2016

International wheat and gluten experts will gather in Mexico City for the 2018 13th International Gluten Workshop to discuss all aspects of the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale.


Farmer livelihoods at risk as wheat blast disease emerges in Bangladesh

May 15, 2016

International scientists are on high alert as they develop tactics to fight wheat blast in Bangladesh, which is affecting a large portion of the country’s wheat growing area.


Kenyan maize nutrition and safety get boost from Ancient Mexican technique

May 6, 2016

Modern nixtamalization technology could increase maize uses and offer Kenyans invaluable benefits.


Tanzania seed company increases demand for drought-tolerant maize

May 2, 2016

Locally adapted marketing initiatives are successfully converting farmers to the high-performing, drought-tolerant maize variety Lubango in Tanzania.


Award recognizes agronomist Ram Malik for successes in India’s rice-wheat systems

April 22, 2016

Ram Kanwar Malik recognized for 30 years of improving India’s rice-wheat systems.


Millions of smallholders in Africa benefit from climate resilient drought-tolerant maize

April 21, 2016

At least 40 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are profiting from more than 200 new drought-tolerant varieties of maize.


On Roman Robigalia Day, scientists size up battle against centuries-old wheat rust disease

April 18, 2016

For the Romans, the agricultural festival Robigalia celebrated each year on April 25 was dedicated to appeasing the rust god “Robigus,” known also as the goddess “Robigo.