Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

MLN Diagnostics and Management in Africa through Multi-Institutional Synergies

MLN brochureMaize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease has continued to wreak havoc on maize production in East Africa since it was first reported in Kenya in 2011, and since then reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda. The disease, caused by a combination of the Maize Chlorotic Mottle Virus (MCMV) and Sugarcane Mosaic Virus (SCMV), causes irreversible damage that kills maize plants before they can grow and yield grain.

KALRO and CIMMYT: A Longstanding Mutually Beneficial Partnership

Eliud Kireger, KALRO Director General, attends the International Wheat Yield Potential Workshop in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.

Eliud Kireger, KALRO Director General, attends the International Wheat
Yield Potential Workshop in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.

This week, CIMMYT had the honor of hosting Dr. Eliud Kireger, the Acting Director General of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). His visit included travel to the experiment station at Ciudad Obregón for first-hand experience regarding CIMMYT wheat research, as KALRO is one of the few partners in Africa with whom we work on both maize and wheat.

Presidential Award in Recognition of Critical Breakthrough in Maize Breeding in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Maize Breeding Programme was honored on Friday, February 13 2015, as the 2014/2015 Presidential Award winners in agricultural research during a ceremony attended by more than 1,500 people at the Research Council of Zimbabwe’s 10th International Research Symposium held in Harare.

The Zimbabwe Maize Breeding Programme receives the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Award for Outstanding Research. Photo: Courtesy of IBP.

The Zimbabwe Maize Breeding Programme receives the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Award for Outstanding Research. Photo: Courtesy of IBP.

Index Insurance to Safeguard Farmers from Climate Change

“We’ve got the germplasm and improved varieties, but what can we do to overcome the hurdle of farmer adoption of these technologies?” Jon Hellin, value chain and poverty specialist for CIMMYT’s Socio-economics Program presented this challenge and how crop-index insurance may be part of the solution, at a high-level Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) webcast event Wednesday, 28 January in London. The event covered innovations in index insurance and how Nigeria can implement it, as part of a plan to safeguard its farmers from climate change effects.