Archive for December, 2008

Knowledge, information, and training on the move

December 31, 2008

As of January 2009, the Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building office will merge with CIMMYT library to constitute a Knowledge, Information, and Training Group, as part of the Corporate Communication …


Ken Sayre receives award from China

December 31, 2008

The Ningxia provincial government honored CIMMYT Agronomist Ken Sayre with the Liupanshan award on 05 December in recognition of the center’s contribution to promoting conservation agriculture in Ning …


Texas A&M University visitors

December 31, 2008

Six Texas A&M University faculty members visited CIMMYT during 9-11 December to explore prospects for collaboration and share research information. To address individual interests, the group dispe …


In memory of Bob Metzger

December 31, 2008

Long-time CIMMYT collaborator and Professor of Triticale and Wheat Genetics at Oregon State University, Robert “Bob” Metzger died in June 2008. He was a pioneer in work on Karnal bunt (Tilletia indica …


Thank you, CIMMYT-Zimbabwe!

December 31, 2008

The largest regional office outside of CIMMYT-HQ and in operation since 1985, the CIMMYT Regional Office for Southern Africa in Zimbabwe is central to implementing major regional and global projects. …


The Innovation Learning Platform takes off in Malawi

December 31, 2008

On 22-23 October 2008, the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Project (DTMA) held meetings in Malawi for stakeholders in the maize value chain to discuss the rationale and implementation plans for the …


CIMMYT-Kenya says kwa heri (good-bye) to 2008

December 31, 2008

Great food met great company at CIMMYT-Kenya’s end-of-the-year luncheon on 7 December, hosted by Global Maize Program director Marianne Bänziger. Long-standing service awards were presented to Alpha D …


Maize stakeholders meet

December 31, 2008

In November 2008, CIMMYT organized meetings for all in-country maize industry stakeholders in eastern Africa to review progress made in 2008 and to propose work plans for 2009. These working groups ar …


New maize varieties released in Nepal

December 31, 2008

CIMMYT researchers and partners in Nepal released two new open pollinated maize varieties (OPVs) during a variety release committee meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 07 December 2008. The varieties are …


CIMMYT and its scientists receive two major CGIAR awards

December 31, 2008

Jose Crossa, head of CIMMYT’s Biometrics and Statistics Unit, has received the 2008 CGIAR Outstanding Scientist Award for leading the development of statistical-genetic models for effective genetic re …


Farmers applaud Ken Sayre’s work on conservation agriculture

December 5, 2008

It seems the agricultural community in Obregón is good at keeping secrets, at least from CIMMYT Agronomist Ken Sayre, who got a surprise last week. More than 60 farmers, technicians, extension workers …


Muzarabani dam building

December 4, 2008

Water for irrigation is a fundamental necessity for the winter nursery of CIMMYT’s maize breeding operation in Zimbabwe. During last summer, the 50 m wide dam wall that stores water in the river at Mu …


Ravi Singh receives awards from Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces

December 4, 2008

On November 21, 2008, Ravi Singh, CIMMYT distinguished scientist and wheat breeder, received the Jinding Award from Sichuan Provincial Government, China, in recognition of CIMMYT’s contribution to whe …


Uganda and Ethiopia teams win 2008 DTMA excellence awards

December 4, 2008

This year, the Uganda national team, comprising Nalweyo Seed Company (NASECO) and the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), scooped the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project …


DG Tom Lumpkin visits CIMMYT’s southern Africa programs

December 4, 2008

From 19-25 November 2008, Lumpkin visited southern Africa to familiarize himself with CIMMYT staff, partners, and activities. The visit began at the regional office in Harare, Zimbabwe, where Lumpkin …