Archive for September, 2009

Clive James talks in Mexico on agricultural biotechnology

September 30, 2009

Former CIMMYT research director Clive James was in Mexico to give the presentation “Agricultural Biotechnology Facing the Challenges of the Food Crisis and Global Warming” on 8 September 2009 at the H …


Maize fete for Alpha Diallo

September 29, 2009

Alpha Diallo, a former CIMMYT maize breeder, was honored at a maize fair held in Embu on 4 September 2009. Diallo worked with CIMMYT for a total of 25 years, 11 of which were spent at CIMMYT-Kenya, be …


Borlaug Memorial at El Batán

September 28, 2009

On Friday 18 September 2009, under the pines that Dr. Norman Borlaug had planted at El Batán many years before, CIMMYT-Mexico staff and many friends gathered to honor and commemorate both Borlaug’s ex …


Tributes and memories of Norman E. Borlaug, 1914–2009

September 23, 2009

Tributes from partners, friends, and followers I was deeply saddened by the death of my comrade Dr. Norman Borlaug last Saturday. For nearly 25 years he had worked tirelessly with us for agricultural …


Speech by Hans-Joachim Braun, director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program, on the passing of Norman Borlaug

September 22, 2009

(Given in El Batán, Mexico, on 15 September 2009.) Today we come together to celebrate the 199th anniversary of Mexico’s independence but it is also the saddest moment in the history of CIMMYT, since …


Media relations training for WEMA

September 18, 2009

A workshop on media handling and science communication was held for spokespersons of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project during 4-5 August 2009 at the Nairobi Safari Club. Organized by …


Hybrid maize breeding course in Hyberabad

September 17, 2009

Forty-five maize scientists gathered at CIMMYT’s office in Hyderabad, India, from 31 August until 5 September for a course on maize hybrid breeding for rainfed areas in Asia. Germany’s Federal Ministr …


ZM 309 gets presidential nod in Malawi

September 15, 2009

On 3 September 2009, a new drought tolerant maize variety received presidential approval in Malawi. The variety, ZM 309, known by locals as ‘msungabanja’ (that which takes care of the family), will be …


Farewell to Norman Borlaug: World loses its leading hunger fighter

September 14, 2009

CIMMYT joins with members of the international development community to mourn the passing of Nobel Peace Laureate and renowned wheat scientist, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, who died Saturday night at the ag …


News from Human Resources

September 11, 2009

Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub, hosted and managed by the International Livestock Research Institute, is offering a technical/research paper writing workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopi …


American students visit CIMMYT-Mexico

September 8, 2009

Many young and eager minds passed through CIMMYT-Mexico this past month. Three students from the University of Wisconsin, USA, visited from 8-16 August while 12 from Texas A&M University, USA, sta …


Push for quality protein maize in El Salvador

September 7, 2009

It was unusually hot for the rainy season, but the torrid sun did not dampen farmers’ enthusiasm on the afternoon of 02 September 2009. “This is a variety that yields well, even if we don’t put lots o …


Petr’s technology tips

September 2, 2009

Good practices for Skype users: Unless necessary, don’t use the video camera option during Skype calls. It uses a lot of bandwidth and reduces voice quality. This is especially likely to occur when on …


This week’s distinguished visitors

September 1, 2009

Jerry Glover, agroecologist from The Land Institute, interacted with scientists and directors at El Batán during 25-28 August. The Institute is a non-profit organization located in Kansas, USA, that w …