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New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster

Production must grow 70 percent over 35 years, but wheat breeders involved in the monumental global challenge of ensuring food security for 9.5 billion people by 2050 face enormous hurdles Author: Sanjaya Rajaram Source: CIMMYT Overall, we need to double the amount of food produced to meet demand as population …

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Bram Govaerts, Nele Verhulst, Manuel Lopez de Lara, Rodrigo Rascon, Ruben Flores Gonzalez (L to R) calculate the yield from farmer Lopez de Lara's field on the hood of a car in the Yaqui Valley in the Mexican state of Sonora. Photo: CIMMYT/Beatriz Martínez
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Taking it to the farmer: Q&A with Bram Govaerts

Conservation agriculture, which improves the livelihoods of farmers by sustainably boosting productivity, is becoming a vital part of the rural landscape throughout Mexico and Latin America, leading to a major World Food Prize award for Bram Govaerts. Source: CIMMYT As associate director of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program at the …

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Juan Hernandez Caballero (L) and Victor Cano Valencia prepare to load wheat samples on to a van in El Batan, Mexico, for shipment overseas. Photo: CIMMYT/Julie Mollins
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Scientists ship two metric tons of wheat seed samples around the world

Scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) are continuously developing improved varieties and each year seed samples – known as International Wheat Nurseries – are sent out to government and university research institutions and national agricultural research systems around the world. Source: Thomson Reuters Wheat farmers can …

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Norman Borlaug (right) in the field with Dr Sanjaya Rajaram, his successor as head of CIMMYT's wheat program. Photo: CIMMYT
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Eminent Indian crop scientist wins World Food Prize

An eminent Indian scientist has been awarded the World Food Prize in recognition of his significant contributions to global wheat production, helping to feed millions of people through the development of more nutritious varieties that are resistant to disease and adaptable to a wide range of climatic conditions.   Source: ICARDA …

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Bram Govaerts at work
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World Food Prize recognizes Bram Govaerts with 2014 Norman Borlaug Award

The World Food Prize has made its third annual award of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The Award, which recognizes researchers under 40 who emulate the scientific innovation and dedication to food security demonstrated by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Norman Borlaug, has been given to …

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Biodiversity

Earth to MARS! On the way to breeding drought-resistant maize for Asia

Maize is rapidly emerging as a key crop  in Asian food systems. But in the largely rainfed agriculture practiced in Asia, drought is an important threat to production. So several projects are under way to introduce drought-tolerant maize varieties adapted to the many different growing conditions found in Asia. Source: …

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