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Candidate for FAO leadership Qu Dongyu visits CIMMYT’s headquarters to sign MoU and strengthen collaboration

March 25, 2019

China’s vice minister of agriculture and rural affairs, Qu Dongyu, visited the global headquarters of CIMMYT.


Ethiopia calls for continued collaboration to increase wheat production and meet nutritional and food security

March 22, 2019

CIMMYT and EIAR officially closed a wheat seed scaling project that benefitted 131,132 households.


Sustainable intensification practices build resilience in Bangladesh’s charlands

March 13, 2019

In Eachlirchar, an area of charland in Rangpur district, Bangladesh, the fate of the marginalized char community is arbitrarily determined by the course of nature. However, mother of three Anzuma Bega …


Is a world without hunger possible, asks Germany’s minister Gerd Müller during his visit to CIMMYT

March 13, 2019

On March 4, 2019, staff from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) welcomed Gerd Müller, Germany’s Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), for a short v …


Solving the “last mile” challenge of maize seeds

March 13, 2019

Philomena Muthoni Mwangi stands at the entrance of her agrodealer shop, Farm Care, in the village of Ngarariga. (Photo: Jerome Bossuet/CIMMYT) Agrodealers play a pivotal role in delivering the gains o …


The Molecular Maize Atlas encourages genetic diversity

March 13, 2019

With so much germplasm to categorize, what’s the best way to label them? Seeds of Discovery is working on the answer.


Support groups open women’s access to farm technologies in northeast India

March 12, 2019

Self-help groups in Bihar, India, are putting thousands of rural women in touch with agricultural innovations, including mechanization and sustainable intensification, that save time, money, and criti …


Digital imaging tools make maize breeding much more efficient

March 11, 2019

Recent innovations in digital imagery and sensors save money and time in the collection of data related to phenotyping. These technologies, known as high-throughput phenotyping platforms, replace leng …


Growing need for food is reason for more biodiversity

March 8, 2019

A recent study in Ethiopia has led to two important new conclusions: that encouraging biodiversity on and around agricultural land likely increases its productivity, and that measurements of productiv …


Video: How gender equity and social inclusion are improving the lives of rural families in Africa

March 7, 2019

Women have the potential to be drivers of agricultural transformation in Africa, holding the key to improving their families’ livelihoods and food security. However, constraints such as lack of access …


Photo essay: Tribal women in India find value in maize cultivation

March 7, 2019

Improved maize hybrids, precision nutrient management techniques and improved weed management practices have helped the women increase their yields. This year the group harvested more than 3,300 kg fr …


New Publications: Identifying common genetic bases for yield, biomass and radiation use efficiency in spring wheat

March 7, 2019

For plant scientists, increasing wheat yield potential is one of the most prevalent challenges of their work. One key strategy for increasing yield is to improve the plant’s ability to produce biomass …


Farmers key to realizing EAT-Lancet report recommendations in Mexico, CIMMYT highlights

March 7, 2019

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) was invited to discuss the findings of the EAT-Lancet Commission report and its implications for Mexico, during a launch event hosted by M …


International Women’s Day 2019: Women in seed systems in Africa

March 6, 2019

The maize seed sector in eastern and southern Africa is male-dominated. Most seed companies operating in the region are owned and run by men. Access to land and financial capital can often be a constr …


Drought-tolerant hybrid seed offers farmers reprieve from hunger

March 6, 2019

Like many other smallholder farmers spread across the water-stressed counties of Machakos, Makueni and Kitui, in Kenya’s lower eastern region, Munini is staring at a massive crop loss. Prolonged dry s …


Policy forum in Mozambique recommends scaling sustainable agriculture practices

February 27, 2019

In Mozambique, conservation agriculture-based sustainable intensification practices have significantly expanded: from 36 farmers in six villages in four districts in 2010, to over 190,000 farmers in m …


The missing seed market: Promoting improved seeds for women farmers

February 27, 2019

The “Gender-Responsive Approaches for the Promotion of Improved Maize Seed in Africa” guidebook, developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), explains how best to packag …


Assessing the effectiveness of a “wheat holiday” for preventing blast in the lower Gangetic plains

February 22, 2019

Policy to encourage alternative crops for wheat farmers in South Asia a short-term solution at best, say CIMMYT researchers


New CIMMYT pre-commercial maize hybrids available from eastern and southern Africa breeding programs

February 21, 2019

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in eastern and southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up …


New infographics illustrate impact of wheat blast

February 18, 2019

Wheat blast is a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease that threatens food safety and security in the Americas and South Asia. First officially identified in Brazil in 1984, the disease is widesp …