Archive for February, 2010

A new face at CRIL

February 25, 2010

Peter Wenzl joins CIMMYT as the new manager of the Crop Research Informatics Laboratory (CRIL), though part of his time will be dedicated to a new initiative called Seeds of Discovery. Wenzl will prim …


Understanding seed policies in SSA

February 24, 2010

To better understand variety release procedures for improved maize seed in sub-Saharan Africa, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and CIMMYT conducted a study of 13 countries …


Farewell to a former CIMMYT member

February 23, 2010

Peter Walker, who worked at CIMMYT from 1975 to 1980, died at his home in Mexico City on 17 November 2009 after a short illness. He was 77. During his time at CIMMYT, Walker set up and managed the Sta …


Improved Maize for African Soils: better harvests and livelihoods

February 22, 2010

On 17 February 2010 CIMMYT launched a new public- private collaborative project for improved food security in Africa. The initiative, known as Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS), will spearhead t …


New Director of the Global Maize Program

February 17, 2010

The CIMMYT community welcomes its new Global Maize Program Director, Boddupalli M. Prasanna, who will join us on 10 March and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. A native of India, Prasanna holds a M.Sc. …


Evaluation of promising maize materials in 20 Mexican highland locations

February 16, 2010

Nearly 30 attendees from public and private sector institutions in Mexico gathered on 03 February 2010 to discuss hybrid maize for Mexican highlands. The meeting was part of the project “Increasing th …


Ravi Singh receives prestigious prize

February 15, 2010

The University of Minnesota recently announced CIMMYT distinguished scientist Ravi Singh as the recipient of its 2010 E.C. Stakman Award. Established in 1955 by plant pathologist E.C. Stakman, a pione …


GCAP scientists review the CA hub in Mexico’s Pacific zone

February 10, 2010

A diverse group of farmers, researchers, farm machinery experts, and private and public sector representatives gathered in the Yaqui Valley of Sonora, Mexico, on 18 January 2010 to discuss conservatio …


IFAR fellowships

February 9, 2010

Professionals from national agricultural research programs in developing countries are invited to apply for IFAR’s Professional Development Program 2010 for a chance to receive a grant to conduct rese …


Maize forum at El Batán

February 8, 2010

During 13-14 January, a maize forum was held at CIMMYT-El Batán with participation of principal actors in Mexico’s maize production, marketing, and processing chain, as well as the research sector. Th …


Agricultural award opportunities for women

February 5, 2010

A new award for female wheat researchers is now accepting applications. Established in 2010, the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Award provides professional development opportunities for …


Science journalism workshop

February 3, 2010

Recognizing the importance of accurate and engaging science reporting, CIMMYT co-organized a science journalism workshop in Kenya during 12-14 January in Nairobi, Kenya. Both science and mainstream jo …


2010 Science Week: food today, food tomorrow

February 2, 2010

CIMMYT-El Batán bustled with activity as nearly 130 scientists stationed in 19 different countries gathered for Science Week 2010. During 20-26 January, participating staff analyzed CIMMYT as an insti …