Archive for October, 2008

Global conservation agriculture efforts

October 31, 2008

Outreach efforts for conservation agriculture (CA) took place in India, Africa and Mexico throughout the month of October. In Bihar, India, nearly 100 farmers attended a traveling seminar on CA 20-21 …


Special visit of FAO DG

October 31, 2008

In a recent visit to CIMMYT, Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director General of FAO, said the organization was very interested in continuing its partnership with CIMMYT in research to combat Ug99, the new virulen …


Shaping the conservation agriculture hubs in Central and North Mexico

October 24, 2008

CIMMYT’s Mexico-based cropping systems management team has developed a plan to set up decentralized learning hubs in different farming systems and agro-ecological zones in Mexico. Each hub will provid …


Students from Veracruz visit Agua Fría

October 24, 2008

On 8 October, personnel at the Agua Fría research station received Professor Miguel Ángel González and a group of 35 students studying Plant Breeding at Veracruz University, at Tuxpan campus. Station …


CIMMYT strengthens collaboration with China

October 24, 2008

CIMMYT DG Tom Lumpkin had a successful visit to China during 16-17 October, signing agreements with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and China Agricultural University (CAU). Starting in 2009, CSC w …


New directions for Board Chair Lene Lange

October 24, 2008

Professor Lene Lange, CIMMYT Trustee since 2002 and Board Chair as of 2005, has stepped down from the Board, after chairing the meetings in India during 6-10 October 2008. On that occasion she receive …


New ICAR-CIMMYT work plan

October 17, 2008

The Directors General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and CIMMYT, Mangala Rai (right) and Tom Lumpkin, signed the 2009-2012 joint work plan between the two institutions at a cere …


Former CIMMYT agronomist receives award

October 17, 2008

Former CIMMYT agronomist Peter Hobbs received the International Service in Agronomy Award from the American Society of Agronomy during their 2008 annual meeting held in Houston, Texas. Award recipient …


New irrigation system for CIMMYT’s Obregón research station

October 17, 2008

The National Water Commission of Mexico (CNA) recently approved a proposal to install a new irrigation system at the center’s experimental station near Ciudad Obregón, northwestern Mexico. The CNA wil …


Value chain analysis in Southern Africa

October 17, 2008

A recent four-day workshop held in Lusaka, Zambia 15-18 September addressed poverty reduction through value chain analysis. The 12 national agricultural research program representatives from Malawi, Z …


Awards for CIMMYT & partners

October 10, 2008

Several CIMMYT scientists were recently honoured for their achievements in Mexico and abroad. Carlos Martínez, biotechnology assistant, and Mijail Javier, laboratory assistant, of the Applied Biotechn …


Farmers visit Toluca field station

October 10, 2008

On Friday 19 September, 115 farmers from Sombrete, Zacatecas, Ocampo, and Guanajuato visited CIMMYT’s Toluca field station in Mexico. They came to see wheat, maize, oat, bean, canola, sunflower, and a …


Traveling seminar in Bangladesh promotes resource-conserving technologies

October 10, 2008

During the past 10-15 years, CIMMYT, as part of the Rice- Wheat Consortium, has worked to improve use of the two-wheel tractor—the preferred implement for farmers in Bangladesh. CIMMYT has developed a …


Asian and African maize breeders and agronomists take on drought

October 10, 2008

From 8-13 September 2008, a diverse selection of 26 breeders and agronomists gathered in Nairobi, Kenya to explore the use of conventional and biotechnology tools to improve maize productivity under d …


El Batán hosts second open house day for university students

October 3, 2008

More than 200 Mexican university students visited El Batán on 19 September 2008. They came from nine universities–some from as far away as Saltillo, Coahuila, from the Autonomous Agrarian University A …


China Friendship Award for José Luis Araus

October 3, 2008

CIMMYT maize physiologist José Luis Araus received the prestigious China Friendship Award on 27 September 2008. A subsequent official reception took place with the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The awar …


CIMMYT welcomes Japanese students

October 3, 2008

CIMMYT-El Batán hosted 10 students from Japan’s Yokohama City University (YCU) from September 12-22, in a visit organized by Tomohiro Ban, formerly a CIMMYT senior scientist and leader of the Japan- C …


Ambassadors and Mexican Embassy staff, 26 September

October 3, 2008

El Batán received diplomats and high-level representatives from the Mexican embassies of 16 countries, as well as from the European Commission, the Mexican foreign affairs secretariat (SRE), the World …


Mexican legislators, 24 September

October 3, 2008

In a visit organized with the help of Mexican Senator Javier Castelo Parada, CIMMYT received a delegation comprising Senator Castelo, Deputy Sergio Sandoval Paredes, and staff in representation of sev …


El Batán hosts second open house day for university students

October 3, 2008

More than 200 Mexican university students visited El Batán on 19 September 2008. They came from nine universities–some from as far away as Saltillo, Coahuila, from the Autonomous Agrarian University A …