Ph.D. Perspective: Nematode Research with CIMMYT an ‘Inspiring Opportunity’

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By Samad Ashrafi

Ashrafi is a Ph.D. candidate from Iran working with CIMMYT under Amer Dababat on a project funded by Germany’s Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Plant parasitic nematodes in Iran threaten the production of agricultural commodities and cause significant economic hardships for farmers whose crops are damaged. Cyst-forming nematodes, in particular the Heterodera and Globodera species, cause similar problems throughout the world.

Appreciation Ceremony Recognizes Ciudad Obregón

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By Jenny Nelson/CIMMYT

Photo of award ceremony

Hans Braun (fourth from left), director of the CIMMYT Global Wheat Program, and Antonio Gándara (fifth from left), president of Patronato, present Borlaug statues and plaques in appreciation of those who helped with the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security. (Photo: Courtesy of the Tribuna del Yaqui newspaper)

Patronato, an organization representing farmers in Sonora, Mexico, held its Annual Day of the Farmer (Día del Agricultor) on 8 April and awarded plaques of appreciation to the many organizations and agencies in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, that participated in securing the safety and enjoyment of all participants at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, held in the city on 25-28 March. Hans Braun, Global Wheat Program director, attended the event. He expressed his gratitude to Patronato for facilitating the extensive support provided by the police, medical services, fire department and the airport that created the environment for a successful event. Braun also presented a Borlaug statue to Rogelio Diaz Brown, presidente municipal of Ciudad Obregón, as well as to the rector of the Universidad de La Salle Noreste (ULSA), in recognition of their assistance and the warm hospitality of the Ciudad Obregón and the students, staff and faculty of ULSA. Officials who attended the event included Fernando Isaac Apodaca Lauterio, secretary of municipal public security; José Alejandro Cervantes Flores, transit chief; Orlando Velderrain Paredes, official with the prevention police; Manuel Alejandro Velasco Villanueva, infantry colonel chief of staff of Mexican Defense; and Adolfo Díaz Herrera, chief inspector and head of the police.

Kabul Workshop Addresses Maize Constraints

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By Rajiv Sharma/CIMMYT


Constraints to raising the productivity of maize in Afghanistan – the country’s fourth most important cereal – were the focus of a workshop in Kabul on 10 March. Afghanistan grows maize on about 142,000 hectares, making it the most important cereal in the country after wheat, barley and rice.


The country produced about 310,000 tons of maize during 2013 with average productivity of 2.2 tons per hectare. Joint efforts by CIMMYT and the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) have led to the release of four open-pollinated varieties (OPVs) during the last few years. Current efforts aim to identify suitable hybrids and more OPVs to enhance and sustain maize productivity.

Government Official Says CIMMYT Project Could Improve Nutrition in Ethiopia

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By Seifu Mahifere/CIMMYT


A senior official with the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), which plays a leading role in influencing agricultural technology development in the country, said CIMMYT’S Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project could have a profound impact in reducing under-nutrition in Ethiopia.

Borlaug Centennial Celebrated with International Summit

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By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT


More than 700 people from nearly 70 countries joined with some of the greatest minds in agriculture and food security during 25-28 March to recognize the legacy of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug and the future of wheat in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.


CIMMYT organized the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security with the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative and the Patronato farmers’ association to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dr. Borlaug’s birth. Dr. Borlaug, known as the father of the Green Revolution, was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work developing high-yielding wheat varieties now used around the world. He began this research in Ciudad Obregón working for CIMMYT’s predecessor organization.

Good Postharvest Management Key to Attaining Food Security

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By Wandera Ojanji /CIMMYT


Food security in Zambia is negatively affected by postharvest losses, said Chileshe Mulenga, permanent secretary of the country’s Eastern Province, at a training workshop for agricultural extension officers and agro-dealers on hermetic post-harvest technologies in Chipata, Zambia, on 29 January. “It is disheartening that, despite the successful efforts to increase crop production, low household food security and hunger still affect some of our people, due to a lack of effective storage,” Mulenga explained. “We must do everything possible to change this, as food security is a matter of national and regional security.”

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