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Former CIMMYT Scientist Receives World Food Prize

Rajaram PhotoCongratulations to Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, former CIMMYT wheat breeder and winner of the 2014 World Food Prize. Rajaram is being recognized for his distinguished career in wheat research that led to the release of more than 480 wheat varieties in 51 countries. These high-yielding varieties now occupy more than 58 million hectares worldwide. Before retiring in 2008, he spent 33 years at CIMMYT working with Dr. Norman Borlaug and as director of the Global Wheat Program, and he later moved to ICARDA.

Read more about the award and Dr. Rajaram’s achievements here.

Why is wheat a strategic crop for Africa?

In the 1990’s economists considered wheat to be a “minor food” for consumers in sub-Saharan Africa.But wheat is no longer a minor crop.African countries will spend about US$20 billion to import 40 million tons of wheat, used mostly to feed the continent’s rapidly expanding population.

CIMMYT and the Canadian Wheat Alliance Join Forces to Fight Durum Wheat Diseases

CIMMYT photo09 June 2014 – Saskatoon, SK, CANADA ─ The Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) and CIMMYT will collaborate on research to provide farmers in Canada and in developing countries access to stronger, more resistant durum wheat. The joint research builds upon the two organizations’ long-term programs to improve the yield, sustainability and profitability of wheat.

Read more here.

2014 Advanced Wheat Improvement Training Course in Mexico

Wheat Improvement Course

The 2014 Advanced Wheat Improvement Training Course targets mid-career scientists who can use the knowledge they acquire about wheat germplasm and new techniques in their own breeding programs. Course participants will also gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program (GWP) and the roles of support disciplines such as agronomy, pathology, quality, statistics, physiology, biotechnology, geographic information systems (GIS) and social sciences.

For more information, download the course announcement here.

Apply here.

Rust-Resistant Wheat Released for Central and West Asia

Photo of wheat varietyIn 2013-2014, numerous new rust-resistant wheat varieties that are high yielding and broadly adapted were released in Central and West Asia as part of collaborative work by the International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (Turkey-CIMMYT-ICARDA) for winter wheat and CIMMYT for spring wheat. Partners from the region contributed in identification, selection and promotion of these new varieties, which will contribute to food security in this vulnerable region. Central and West Asia grow approximately 15 million hectares of winter wheat and fall-planted spring wheat. The region includes the countries with the world’s highest wheat consumption per capita, such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Most of these countries import wheat to satisfy increasing demand. Wheat is grown under both irrigated and rain-fed conditions. Yellow and leaf rusts are the main diseases reducing yield because farmers cultivate susceptible varieties.  Read more…

ICARDA helps to initiate a global response to wheat stripe rust disease

In an urgent response to the endemic threat that wheat stripe (yellow) rust poses to global wheat production, ICARDA and a partnership of leading international agricultural research centers, national research institutions, and policy makers from rust-affected countries recently met in Izmir, Turkey (April 28-May 1), to review the most recent science innovations, mobilize a global strategy, and initiate action on the ground to combat future rust epidemics. Read more…

ICAR-CIMMYT wheat field days at BISA, India

Wheat researchers in India learned about CIMMYT’s newest advanced wheat lines during field days this spring at each of the locations of the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) —Jabalpur, Pusa-Bihar and Ladowal-Ludhiana. The events were designed to link Indian wheat breeders and pathologists with a new Feed the Future-USAID
project that uses genomic selection to rapidly develop climate-resilient wheat varieties for South Asia.   Read more…