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How Do You Use Maize and Wheat in Your Favorite Recipe?

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Brittany Pietrzykowski

Globally, an estimated 800 million people do not get enough food to eat and more than 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiency, or “hidden hunger,” according to U.N. food agencies.

As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories in the diets of people living in developing countries, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Gender Analysis of Small-Scale Farm Mechanization in Ethiopia and Kenya

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Jennifer Johnson

A new study by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), “Gender Matters in Farm Power,” investigates how gender influences the adoption of small-scale farm mechanization in African agriculture, particularly in maize-based systems in Ethiopia and Kenya. The study, funded under the Competitive Grant Initiative of the MAIZE CRP, examines how intra-household gender dynamics affect women’s articulation of demand for and adoption of mechanization. Overall the study found that women tend to experience high labor burden and intensity yet rarely articulate demands for mechanization, due to “the complex interplay of values and assumptions, access to and control over resources and intra-household decision-making.” The aim of the study is to ensure that gender dimensions are addressed as an integral part of future mechanization interventions and agricultural research. KIT collaborated with CIMMYT’s Farm Power and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (FACASI) project on the study in order to leverage FACASI’s experience with national project partners and build on and complement the project’s work.

To read the full study, please click here.

Forty Years of Wheat Training in Mexico

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Katie Lutz

“After three months, you will be a part of the CIMMYT family,” said Amor Yahyaoui, Global Wheat Program (GWP) Training Officer, as he addressed the 30 participants in the Basic Wheat Improvement Course (BWIC) on their first day at CIMMYT Headquarters, El Batán.

The 2015 wheat trainees hail from 14 countries, and have varying degrees of experience and different backgrounds. “These scientists come in from all different spectrums, but this course puts them all on the same level, with one objective: to learn,” explained Yahyaoui.

Designed by Scientists for Scientists – Financial and Procurement Processes

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Alejandro Cruzalta, Chandrika Vasu and Kick Geels

Senior managers of CIMMYT’s Finance and Procurement Departments completed a round of visits to regional offices in Africa and South Asia to better understand the specific financial and administrative challenges staff face in each country. Senior Managers Chandrika Vasu and Alejandro Cruzalta accompanied Graham Sim, CIMMYT Director of International Finance, to South Asia, while Cruzalta and Senior Manager Kick Geels went with him to Africa.

Individuals work together.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Establishing procurement workflows. Photos: Graham Sim/CIMMYT

“Policies have limited value if procedures are not clearly understood and properly implemented. This kind of interaction will help us use financial management policies in a more uniform and transparent way in our daily work,” said Etienne Duveiller, CIMMYT Regional Representative for South Asia.

Harnessing Mexico’s Sun: CIMMYT Installs 920 Solar Panels in Green Initiative

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Katelyn Roett

Mexico’s solar thermal and photovoltaic resources are among the world’s best. Just one square of 25 kilometers in the State of Chihuahua or the Sonoran desert would be sufficient to supply electricity to the entire country.1 Mexico’s Secretariat of Energy (SENER) predicts the country will have 6 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy installed by 2020, although less than 1% of that is currently installed. The Mexican Government offers no direct subsidy to solar energy.

Demand for electricity in Mexico is increasing, and 22 GW will be needed by 2025. Energy costs are rising 8-10% annually. Despite little government intervention, the private solar sector in Mexico has been booming, experiencing triple-digit growth rates every three years over the past ten years and becoming one of the fastest growing solar energy markets globally.

Extensive Climate-smart Agriculture Campaign Reaches over 15,000 Farmers in Punjab and Haryana, India

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Tripti Agarwal, H.S. Jat and M.L. Jat

On 1 May 2015, CIMMYT, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Haryana’s Department of Agriculture, with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and India’s National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), celebrated, at the climate-smart village of Beer Narayana, Karnal, India, the conclusion of a 15-day awareness campaign on the negative effects of crop residue burning on biodiversity, the environment, and human and animal health.

Nepali Scientists Set Their Sights on Developing Stress Tolerant Maize Varieties

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P.H. Zaidi

Nepal’s National Maize Research Program (NMRP) and CIMMYT organized a training course on developing stress tolerant maize for Nepali scientists at the NMRP in Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal, on 17 April 2015. The event was part of CIMMYT’s Heat Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA) project supported by the United States Agency for International Development under its Feed the Future initiative. The course provided an opportunity to learn the principles, tools and techniques involved in developing high yielding maize hybrids with enhanced tolerance to major abiotic stresses such as drought and heat.

CIMMYT-Afghanistan to Produce Seed of First Maize Hybrids

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Rajiv Sharma

In Afghanistan, CIMMYT has released three new maize hybrid varieties, the first public sector hybrids of any crop in the country. To foster the rapid and efficient production of seed of the new hybrids, CIMMYT-Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA), held a two-day (25-26 April 2015) training course on maize breeding and quality seed production. In attendance were 56 participants from the government, academia, national and international organizations and seed companies. The course, conducted by AbduRahman Beshir, CIMMYT-Pakistan Maize Improvement and Seed System Specialist, was inaugurated by ARIA Director Qasem Obaidi and Rajiv Sharma, CIMMYT-Afghanistan Country Representative. Sharma highlighted the importance of participants learning about the new hybrids and collaborating to ensure their seed is adopted throughout the country.

10 Influential African Women Are Shaping the Future of Agriculture

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Katelyn Roett


The Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security recently featured ten influential African women on their online blog. Despite the low percentage of women in agricultural research – only one out of four researchers and one out of seven research leaders are female – there are powerful women actively championing the cause of gender equality in agriculture and shaping the future of agricultural growth in Africa.

Among these groundbreaking researchers, scientists and policymakers is Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, who served on CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees since 2009 and finished her appointment this past April. Currently CEO and head-of-mission at the Africa-wide Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Sibanda has over 20 years of experience in rural development, research and partnerships.

CIMMYT-CCAFS Initiative Seeks to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security in East Africa by 2025

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Fite Getaneh and Kindie Tesfaye


The CIMMYT-led Integrated Agricultural Production and Food Security Forecasting System for East Africa (INAPFS) project was launched at an inception workshop held on 15-16 April 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, that brought together participants from national weather services and disaster risk management offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi, as well as from NGOs and research institutions operating in the region.

Funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) under its Flagship 2 initiative, the project aims to develop a robust, scientifically sound and user-friendly forecasting system that integrates improved seasonal climate, production and food security forecasts for east Africa. It will also provide accurate and spatially disaggregated early warnings to local and national governments and relief agencies, enabling them to respond to climate crises in a timely and efficient manner.

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