ICARDA and Turkey gather international scientists and policymakers to tackle wheat yellow rust disease

In an urgent response to the endemic threat that wheat stripe rust (also known as “yellow rust”) now poses to global wheat production, a partnership of leading international agricultural research centers, national research institutions, and policy makers from rust-affected countries are meeting in Izmir, Turkey during 28 April-01May to review the most recent science innovations, mobilize a global strategy, and initiate action on the ground to combat future rust epidemics. Organized by the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock (Gıda, Tarım ve Hayvancılık Bakanlığı) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), with support from the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the event has drawn 200 participants from more than 25 countries.
Read more about the event. (Photo: E. Mohmand/CIMMYT)


Pakistan, Jeanie Borlaug, BGRI and CIMMYT celebrate Borlaug’s 100 years

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: Jeanie Borlaug visited Pakistan during 21-23 April with members of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) team to celebrate Norman Borlaug’s 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Borlaug’s initial trips to Pakistan. Father of the Green Revolution who passed away in 2009, Borlaug introduced semi-dwarf, high-yielding wheat varieties that dramatically increased Pakistan’s wheat production and helped eliminate famine in South Asia.
Read more on the BGRI blog… (Photo: A. Yaqub/CIMMYT)

Wheat-for-Africa gains momentum

Efforts to put wheat on the food and trade agenda in Africa recently came together at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) meeting in Accra during 15–20 July 2013, when senior research, development, and policy experts met with representatives of CGIAR’s WHEAT research program to develop a strategy for promoting African wheat production.

Conservation agriculture: The Green Revolution for Africa?

For Africa to benefit, the soil has to improve. The Green Revolution in Africa has to start with smallholder rainfed farmers and conservation agriculture (CA) is a possible intervention, more affordable than, for example, building irrigation schemes. Read an interview with Saidi Mkomwa, Executive Secretary of the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) about the current status and future of CA in Africa.