Archive for February, 2013

High expectations among stakeholders as WEMA Phase II kicks off

February 27, 2013

During 4-8 February 2013, stakeholders of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Fifth Review and Planning Meeting to discuss achievements and challeng …


New scholarship to honor the work of Chris Dowswell

February 26, 2013

The Dowswell family would like to announce that they have finalized a scholarship with Winrock International in memory of Chris Dowswell, our former colleague and a dear friend to many. The Dowswell S …


First ever high-level foreign delegation visits BISA-Ludhiana

February 26, 2013

On 6 February 2013, the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) in Ladowal, Punjab, India, received a delegation consisting of eight members of the German Parliament —Harald Ebner, Alexander Süßmair, …


Achieving food security through seed security in Timor-Leste

February 25, 2013

In Timor-Leste, maize is the main staple crop grown by 88% of farming households. However, availability of quality seed of improved maize varieties is a major bottleneck for enhancing crop production …


‘One cannot eat tobacco!’ SIMLEZA field tour in eastern Zambia

February 23, 2013

In rural areas surrounding Chipata in eastern Zambia, tobacco, cotton, and maize seem to dominate the agricultural landscape. If you look closer, you will also see smaller fields with groundnuts, cowp …


1st National Workshop on Forage Maize

February 22, 2013

To discuss possible expansion of MasAgro activities to include maize for use as forage and silage, the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in col …


Maize diversification in Bangladesh: promoting maize for human consumption

February 21, 2013

While maize is an important cereal crop in Bangladesh – third only to rice and wheat in terms of cultivated area and second to rice in terms of production – it has not been widely used for human consu …


Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Mexican dignitaries visit CIMMYT to inaugurate Biosciences Complex

February 19, 2013

On 13 February 2013, CIMMYT inaugurated a new US$ 25 million research complex at its headquarters in El Batán. The new advanced bioscience research facilities, 45 kilometers (20 miles) from Mexico Cit …


Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Mexican dignitaries visit CIMMYT to inaugurate Bioscience facilities

February 15, 2013

Today, CIMMYT inaugurated a new US$ 25 million research complex at its headquarters in El Batan. The new advanced bioscience research facilities, 45 kilometers (20 miles) from Mexico City, marked its …


Bill Gates and Carlos Slim Partner to Support Innovation for Farmers

February 13, 2013

Daimoniz Miondo is one of 800 farmers in Chipeni, Mvera Extension Planning Area, Dowa District, Malawi, who has adopted conservation agriculture practices in recent years with joint support from Malaw …


Guest post: Partnering to Empower Poor Farming Families and Ensure Global Food Security

February 13, 2013

Originally posted on the Impatient Optimists blog (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) on February 8, 2013. By David Bergvinson – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Mexican scientist and CIMMYT collab …


Zhonghu He received the China Agriculture Elite Award

February 13, 2013

Zhonghu He, CIMMYT distinguished scientist and country liaison officer for China, received the China Agriculture Elite Award from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in December 2012. The award, present …


CIMMYT supports Pakistan’s agricultural machinery modernization

February 12, 2013

On 22 December 2012, two agricultural research organizations in Pakistan — National Agricultural Research Center, Islamabad, and Wheat Research Institute (WRI) Faisalabad, Punjab — received new Winter …


New project launched: Heat Stress Tolerant Maize for Asia

February 11, 2013

South Asian farm lands have been increasingly experiencing climate change related weather extremes. A report from the Asian Development Bank in 2009 warns that if the current trends persist until 2050 …


Second Class of National Science and Technology Award to Fan Xingming and his team

February 7, 2013

The prestigious Second Class of National Science and Technology Awards was presented to the “Tropical and subtropical high-quality, highyield germplasm: innovation research and application” maize proj …


Oklahoma State University students help CIMMYT researchers in Obregon

February 6, 2013

Nine Oklahoma State University (OSU) graduate students travelled to Ciudad Obregon to work on the refinement of a hand planter for farmers in developing countries with Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, CIMMYT ag …


Global Maize Program meeting: The old and the new intersect in Kathmandu

February 5, 2013

Lone Badstue (CIMMYT gender and monitoring and evaluation specialist; third from left, bottom) talks with four coordinators of community-based seed production groups in Nepal (top, from right). Also p …


One size doesn’t fit all: training on farm household typology

February 1, 2013

Since adopting a one-size-fits-all approach in technology generation and dissemination is unlikely to bring positive results, it is necessary to understand what intervention works for whom, where, and …