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“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.


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.


Ag women speak out for International Day of Girls and Women in Science

February 9, 2018

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, CIMMYT asked women involved in agricultural science to share their views on what they would like to see change.


New technical guide to help farmers protect against fall armyworm

January 30, 2018

Nairobi, Kenya (CIMMYT) – A new comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM)-based technical guide produced by international experts will help scientists, extension agents and farmers to tackle the …


Better farmer access to machinery eases crop residue burning in India

November 14, 2017

Farmers in India are benefitting from technological innovations that can help prevent damaging smog levels in the capital Delhi and other areas.


Borlaug Dialogue delegates widen net to curb threat from fall armyworm

November 5, 2017

World Food Prize laureates have joined forces with an international alliance battling the fall armyworm, an aggressive pest indigenous to the Americas with a voracious appetite, and now widespread thr …


Smallholder farmers to gain from targeted CRISPR-Cas9 crop breeding

October 31, 2017

Gene editing technology could revolutionize the way scientists breed high-yielding drought, disease and pest resistant, high quality plant seeds, greatly reducing the time it currently takes to develo …


Wheat scientist receives Monsanto award for promising work on yield potential

October 26, 2017

A scientist whose work is projected to significantly increase wheat production for smallholder farmers around the world has won the 2017 Ted Crosbie MBBISP Impact Award presented by Monsanto.


How a seed bank in Mexico produces data to help alleviate poverty

October 16, 2017

Scientist Kevin Pixley leads a project to catalogue 178,000 corn and wheat seeds at the CIMMYT seed bank near Mexico City.


Borlaug Dialogue delegates to discuss strategy for tackling Fall Armyworm menace in Africa

October 14, 2017

B.M. Prasanna at 2017 Borlaug Dialogue on expert panel to discuss the strategic approach for managing the pest menace in Africa.


Zero till climate-smart wheat-rice-bean crop rotations in India curb emissions

July 24, 2017

Zero tillage with residue retention techniques in rice-wheat-mung bean crop rotations result in the lowest global warming potential, a study on sustainable intensification in India shows.


Maize breeding on track for climate change in Africa, scientist urges bigger investments

April 21, 2017

With appropriate funding, maize yields can continue to increase in extreme heat and drought conditions, scientists say.


Obstacles to gender-smart fertilizer use hurt livelihoods, scientists say

March 21, 2017

Compiling gender-inclusive data could help scientists understand how to help improve nitrogen fertilizer application practices among smallholder farmers.


Bangladesh urges $500 million in funds to intensify surface water irrigation

March 20, 2017

Most current food security projections show that staple crop production must double by 2050 to keep up with global need, which will continue to expand.


“Young Scientist Award” winner fights hidden hunger with high zinc wheat

February 27, 2017

A scientist who has advanced the development of nutrient-rich wheat varieties with higher yield potential, disease resistance and improved traits wins Young Scientist Award for Agriculture.


CIMMYT scientist cautions against new threats from wheat rust diseases

February 8, 2017

Scientists are concerned over the proliferation of highly virulent fungal wheat diseases, including two new races of yellow rust and a new race of stem rust.


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.


Can sub-Saharan Africa meet its future cereal food requirement?

December 12, 2016

To satisfy the enormous increase in demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, cereal yields must increase to 80 percent of their potential.


Wheat rust poses food security risk for global poor, says DFID’s Priti Patel

December 5, 2016

Wheat rust monitoring efforts are not only keeping the fast-spreading disease in check, but are deployed to manage other crop diseases, said a scientist at a scientific meeting in London.


Tackle food insecurity with homegrown education, Food Prize delegates say

October 17, 2016

Africa must develop a strong educational infrastructure to address the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity, said experts at the World Food Prize.