Archive for June, 2009

Scientists open up to Fieldbook

June 30, 2009

Is it possible for a software to act as a one-stop shop and help manage maize breeding? Indeed it is, and CIMMYT’s Fieldbook provides both. This was the proof of the pudding for 15 visiting scientists …


Mexican experts meet at El Batán to discuss GMO policies

June 29, 2009

On 24 June 2009, 16 members of the Mixed Consultative Council (Consejo Consultivo Mixto) of Mexico’s Intersecretarial Commission on Biosafety and Genetically Modified Organisms (Comisión Intersecretar …


Three cheers for CIMMYT-China

June 24, 2009

PhD student Xuecai Zhang from CIMMYT-China was recently awarded a 2009 fellowship from the International Fund for Agricultural Research (IFAR). Zhang was given USD 11,000 to work on the integration of …


Hands-on training for rice-maize project participants in Bangladesh

June 23, 2009

Jagadish Timsina, IRRI-CIMMYT senior scientist and project leader, and Enamul Haque, CIMMYT cropping system agronomist, organized two training sessions on 21-23 April and 14-15 June 2009 for the joint …


International winter wheat traveling seminar in the Ukraine

June 22, 2009

The International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (Turkey- CIMMYT-ICARDA) conducted a traveling seminar in Ukraine during 08-13 June 2009 to learn about wheat research and breeding in the country and …


Proper use of agro-chemicals

June 16, 2009

This was the name of a course given to staff at the Agua Fría station in Mexico on 27 May 2009. Rafael de la Luna of Dow Agrociencias; Amado Jiménez and Ricardo Valdez of Agroservicios de Papantla; an …


New publication on CIMMYT’s international training for conservation agriculture

June 15, 2009

Petr Kosina, head of Knowledge, Information, and Training; and Roberto La Rovere, impacts specialist; presented a recently published study entitled “Impacts of CIMMYT’s international training linked t …


The beginning of Bangladesh’s “Patronato?”

June 11, 2009

Many of us in the CIMMYT community are familiar with “Patronato”—the group of private farmers in northern Mexico who  have collaborated with the center since the 1950s. These farmers support the cente …


Four days under African skies

June 9, 2009

It was a short visit but by no means an unproductive one: from 18–22 May 2009, a Corporate Services team from CIMMYT-El Batán visited the center’s Nairobi and Harare regional offices. The team consist …


Wheat retreat: Focusing on the future

June 8, 2009

Wheat production must increase 35% in the next two decades to meet growing demand, developing countries are suffering under the global food crisis, and CIMMYT’s umbrella organization, the Consultative …


Lumpkin: CIMMYT should double in size in five years

June 5, 2009

On 23 May 2009, CIMMYT DG Tom Lumpkin told staff that the center needs to double in size in five years to accomplish its mission and confront, among other challenges, a looming global food security cr …


Unpuddled rice transplanting trials yield well in Bangladesh

June 3, 2009

More than 110 farmers attended a field day in Alipur village, Durgapur, Rajshahi district, Bangladesh on 16 May 2009. Enamul Haque, cropping systems agronomist, Conservation Agricultural Program, CIMM …


Metal silo artisans trained in Malawi and Kenya

June 2, 2009

CIMMYT is taking a creative approach toward reducing postharvest grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa. The Effective Grain Storage Project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SD …


A rainy day for CIMMYT’s Toluca station

June 1, 2009

Heavy rains have dampened activities at CIMMYT’s Toluca station. On 13 May a storm in the neighboring mountains sent large amounts of water rushing downhill, across the highway, and onto station prope …