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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Breaking Ground: Fernando H. Toledo researches new models of analysis under simulated scenarios

February 14, 2019

Genomics is a wide theme of interest for geneticists. As part of the efforts to advance on this subject, Fernando H. Toledo, associated scientist in agricultural statistics at the International Maize …


Precision planters boost maize yields in Pakistan

February 13, 2019

In the northwestern province of Pakistan, near the Afghan border, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is helping connect farmers with precision planters to support higher mai …


BISA and PAU awarded for collaborative work on residue management

February 8, 2019

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia-Punjab Agricultural University (BISA-PAU) joint team recently received an award from the Indian Society for Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) in recognition of their w …


Call for interest: Development trait prioritization as part of a sub-Saharan African crop variety replacement strategy

January 31, 2019

The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) is looking to provide matching funding (up to US$ 35,000) for two projects with AbacusBio to characterize the users of new crop varieties and identify a …


Call for nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

January 28, 2019

Nominations for the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa are now open, through March 15, 2019. These awards recognize the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are impl …


New publications: Role of Modelling in International Crop Research

January 18, 2019

“Crop modelling has the potential to significantly contribute to global food and nutrition security,” claim the authors of a recently published paper on the role of modelling in international crop res …


Seeds go digital: faster and better-quality certification, a game-changer for African farmers?

January 17, 2019

Seed Assure app testing in the field in Kiboko, Kenya. (Photo: CIMMYT) Many Kenyan maize farmers are busy preparing their seed stock for the next planting season. Sowing high quality seeds of stress-t …


Breaking Ground: Breeder Marcela C. Andrade bolsters maize with hardiness from ancestral races

January 16, 2019

As the world heats up and water grows scarce, threatening the productivity of humankind’s preferred crops, breeder Marcela Carvalho Andrade and her colleagues at the International Maize and Wheat Impr …


The itsy bitsy spider can make a big impact in agriculture

January 15, 2019

A new study explores how conservation agriculture in southern Africa supports spider populations and diversity in fields, which could help mitigate pest damage and potentially lead to higher yields fo …


Reducing high yield gaps with decision-support apps

January 15, 2019

Nutrient Expert is a computer-based application to provide nutrient recommendations for individual farmers’ fields. Results from Nutrient Expert trials in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania showed improve …


International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa ramps up seed innovations

January 10, 2019

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) launched the International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa (IMIC-Africa) in May 2018, to better engage with a committed set of par …


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Hello Tractor and agricultural innovation

January 4, 2019

For small-scale farmers, mechanization and other appropriate technologies have a big impact in agricultural production and yield. However, they might lack the resources to buy these tools. Hello Tract …


Experts identify policy gaps in fertilizer application in India

December 21, 2018

A dialogue in New Delhi facilitated discussion on innovations for promoting balanced application of macro and micro nutrient fertilizers in Indian agriculture.


Best of 2018: Editors’ picks

December 20, 2018

In 2018, our editors continued to cover exciting news and events related to maize and wheat science around the world. Altogether, we published more than 200 stories. It is impossible to capture all of …


The saving grace of a hefty investment

December 18, 2018

Bangladesh farmer Raju Sarder sits on his recently acquired reaper. (Photo: iDE/Md. Ikram Hossain) Young farmer’s investment in a reaper saves him time, money and dignity, while helping others in the …