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New publications: Training farmers how to help farmers

June 14, 2018

Wheat residues on an experimental plot under conservation agriculture. Photo: X. Fonseca/CIMMYT. A new study has found that farmers are the best people to talk to farmers about new agricultural practi …


CIMMYT director general visits India

June 13, 2018

Work plan signing ceremony, Kropff and Mohapatra. Photo: CIMMYT. Last week director general of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Martin Kropff touched down in India. For K …


Seed companies are responsible for creating demand for quality protein maize

June 12, 2018

Recently, the CIMMYT-led, Global Affairs Canada-funded, Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia project has led field visits for a number of high-level stakeholders.


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: …


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 …


New Publications: Biofortified maize to reduce malnutrition

May 17, 2018

A farmer carries maize back from the field. A new science brief, written by scientists from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and partner organizations details the use of n …


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 …


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 …


New Publications: Exploring gender equality in Malawi

May 3, 2018

A new study set in rural Malawi examines increasing jointness in intra-household decision-making to increase resilience and productivity.


New Publications: Adopting climate-smart agricultural practices

April 19, 2018

Farmers in a climate-smart village in Bihar use the leaf colour chart to judge the nitrogen content required for crops. Photo: V.Reddy, ViDocs, CCAFS. Since the 1960s and the Green Revolution in India …


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.


Farmers in Ethiopia willing to pay more for quality protein maize

April 18, 2018

In Ethiopia, 44 percent of children under the age of five experience impaired growth due to poor nutrition. Quality protein maize helps combat stunting and boosts nutrition in children who survive on …


New Publications: Precision agriculture for smallholder farmers

April 5, 2018

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


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.


New publications: The importance of wheat in the global food supply to a growing population

March 15, 2018

A new publication discusses the importance of wheat in the global food supply and meeting future demand from a growing population.


Overcoming gender gaps in rural mechanization

March 6, 2018

A new publication details current gender gaps in rural mechanization in Bangladesh, and outlines plans to overcome these challenges.


New Publications: The best path to food security

March 1, 2018

Authors of a new study say encouraging smallholder farmers to produce more low-technology crops alongside the development of physical and social infrastructure to make markets more accessible is a str …


Seed savers celebrate “Doomsday Vault” tenth anniversary

February 22, 2018

CIMMYT’s Maize Germplasm Bank has its entire collection backed up in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Photo: CIMMYT archives EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — The “Doomsday Vault,” that safeguards fall-back …


Agricultural Attachés visit CIMMYT

February 15, 2018

Group photo of agricultural attachés at CIMMYT. Photo: CIMMYT/P.Arredondo Agricultural attachés from 10 Mexican embassies visited the headquarters of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Cent …


New Publications: Storage of maize products results in vitamin loss

February 15, 2018

Biofortification of crops through traditional breeding techniques has become very common in the fight against malnutrition globally. Biofortified provitamin A maize is bred to produce increased carote …