Tag Archives: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Tech used to prevent spread of Zika and Ebola to tackle “forest fire” wheat rust epidemics

By Clifford Akumu The same device that helped control the Zika and Ebola viruses, could soon be used to tackle devastating wheat rust epidemics that are threatening global food security, thanks in part to a US$100k research grant awarded by the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture. The “laptop lab” technology will be used

CIMMYT to lead platform to modernize crop, livestock breeding for the developing world

BY Erick Akasa CGIAR and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) have jointly announced the launch of an alliance to accelerate crop improvement targeted at the developing world. According to Marianne Bänziger, CIMMYT’s deputy director general for research and partnerships and convener of the Initiative, recent advances in genomics, breeding and information technologies

CIMMYT plots an agricultural strategy to meet new challenges

CIMMYT has helped reduce the proportion of hungry people from about half the global population in the 1960s to below 20 percent today. Yearly economic benefits from its research and training activities, conducted on a budget of $180 million, are conservatively estimated at $4 billion. Scientists working at CIMMYT have been honored with a Nobel Peace Prize, three World Food Prizes and many other significant awards.

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