Agricultural research reduces poverty: Byerlee delivers second Havener Memorial Lecture

October 12, 2007

Derek Byerlee, Director for the World Bank’s new World Development Report, told an attentive audience in the auditorium at El Batán on Tuesday, 9 October, that there were strong drivers for agricultur …


Havener Lecture: Byerlee to speak on development

October 5, 2007

Derek Byerlee, Director for the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008, will present the second Robert D. Havener memorial lecture on Tuesday, 9 June, in the auditorium at El Batán at 3 pm. Byerle …


CIMMYT Open Day

September 28, 2007

Yesterday, CIMMYT El Batán opened its doors to 200 students from eight universities in Mexico. Students from as far away as 870 km arrived at approximately nine a.m., and were welcomed by Masa Iwanaga …


International Symposium on the Green Revolution in Africa

September 28, 2007

The African Network for Soil Biology and Fertility (AfNet) in collaboration with the Soil Fertility Consortium for Southern Africa (SOFECSA) held an International Symposium entitled “Innovations as Ke …


Getting our message to journalists

September 21, 2007

Maize breeder, Dan Makumbi and writer-editor, Anne Wangalachi of CIMMYT in Nairobi, attended a workshop organized by the Reuters Foundation and CGIAR Media Unit on “Reporting Climate Change in Africa” …


Viva Mexico!

September 21, 2007

CIMMYT El Batán celebrated Mexican Independence Day last Friday. Many people showed their national pride by dressing in red, white and green—the colors of the Mexican flag. The colorful crowd gathered …


New drought screening site takes shape

September 14, 2007

A new drought screening site at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) station in Kiboko, Kenya, is nearly ready for its first planting. Kiboko is located about 140 km south east of Nairobi …


Afghanistan Minister may visit CIMMYT-Mexico

September 14, 2007

Global Wheat Program Director, Hans Braun, recently visited the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) of Afghanistan, O. Ramin. Braun was accompanied by Afghanistan Country Coordina …


Mexican farmers see conservation agriculture in the highland tropics

September 7, 2007

Faced with rapidly degrading soils and dwindling water supplies, Mexican farmers and researchers have sought with renewed vigor in recent years to apply conservation agriculture principles—reduced til …


DTMA meeting

September 7, 2007

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) team held its first project review and planning meeting from 3-7 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the first three days, staff from CIMMYT and the …


Fieldbook and MaizeFinder training

August 31, 2007

Twenty-five maize scientists and information management specialists gathered in Nairobi this week for a special workshop on the CIMMYT Fieldbook and MaizeFinder software. In addition to CIMMYT global …


Wheat agronomy student in the Bell Medal finals

August 14, 2007

CIMMYT wheat agronomist Bram Govaerts has informed the editors that Sarah Chambers, a student with CIMMYT’s wheat agronomy team in summer 2005, was one of the finalists of the 2006 Bell Medal of the U …


Tony Fischer awarded the Order of Australia

August 14, 2007

Former CIMMYT wheat program director and retired program manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Tony Fischer, was awarded the Order of Australia as part of t …


Global public goods workshops at CIMMYT

August 14, 2007

During August 15-23 CIMMYT El Batán is hosting two workshops attended by scientists from CGIAR centers and other organizations involved in genetic resource management —including CIMMYT Mexico and Keny …


Visitors at Agua Fría

August 10, 2007

On Friday July 27, our colleagues at Agua Fría were visited by two students from Instituto Tecnológico de Huejutla, Hidalgo, and two farmers from the same location. The visitors were given an introduc …


Out of the seminar room

August 10, 2007

The Genetic Resources and Enhancement Unit (GREU) broke with tradition this week when instead of the usual seminar with a PowerPoint presentation it moved the talk to the screen houses at El Batán. Ma …


Generation Challenge Programme meets CIMMYT

August 10, 2007

This week, during August 6-8, the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) held the kick-off meeting for its current round of six two-year projects at CIMMYT’s El Batán headquarters, bringing together 31 …


Award for Ravi Singh

August 10, 2007

CIMMYT Distinguished Scientist Ravi Singh has yet another honor to add to his growing collection. He has been awarded the 2007 International Service in Crop Science Award, given by the Crop Science So …


Developing CG guidelines for safe germplasm exchange

August 4, 2007

Meetings under phase two of the World Bank’s project on Collective Action for the Rehabilitation of Global Public Goods in the CGIAR Genetic Resources System continued at El Batán this week, as partic …


They did it … Permanent beds take off in northern Mexico

August 3, 2007

After years of research, things are starting to happen in the Yaqui Valley. Ken D Sayre and his agronomy team have been doing research on permanent bed planting with crop residue retention at the rese …