Board of Trustees to meet in Nairobi

September 29, 2006

The CIMMYT Board of Trustees will hold its second full meeting of the year in Nairobi from 2-6 October. In addition to regular business, the Board will spend a day visiting CIMMYT and KARI work in the …


Conservation agriculture: solution for Mexico’s maize farmers?

September 22, 2006

Using the conventional practices for growing maize in the state of Mexico—heavy tillage combined with removing and marketing residues—farmers are actually losing money, said CIMMYT research affiliate …


World Bank parliamentarians connect with the CGIAR in Nairobi

September 22, 2006

Parliamentarians from World Bank member countries spent the first two of a four-day mission to Kenya visiting and interacting with CGIAR scientists, partners, and stakeholders. The dozen members of th …


Turning on radios, tuning in to resource-conserving farm practices

September 15, 2006

A radio program in Nepal brings information to farmers in a language they understand. It’s Monday, 6:30 pm on Radio Birgunj, the voice of the plains in Southeastern Nepal. Fans for kilometers in all d …


Workshop on group facilitation skills for participatory decision-making

September 15, 2006

Facilitation skills are strategically important in the CGIAR, as staff are increasingly called upon to manage teams and participatory processes involving people from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, …


New biotech lab manual: flashy look for flash technology

September 8, 2006

We’re pleased to announce the compiling and publication of “Laboratory Protocols: CIMMYT Applied Molecular and Genetics Laboratory.” The manual is intended for use by scientists, researchers, and stud …


Mwangi honored

September 8, 2006

Kenya-based, CIMMYT agricultural economist Wilfred Mwangi has been named an Honorary Life Member by the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). Mwangi was among seven Association …


The 2006 International Plant Breeding Symposium

September 1, 2006

How can new knowledge from research on plant DNA quickly reach farmers’ fields in more productive, resource-conserving cultivars? This was only one pressing issue discussed by some 350 crop breeding s …


Visitors tour headquarters

August 22, 2006

Dr Qu Dongyu, Vice-President, CAAS China and Dr M.E. Tusneem, Chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, learn about CIMMYT’s conservation agriculture research work from Bram Govaerts dur …


Breeders come to Mexico

August 22, 2006

More than 320 plant breeders from both developing and developed countries will gather in Mexico City next week for the International Plant Breeding symposium. CIMMYT is one of the major co-organizers …


Bihar to subsidize zero-tillage and maize

August 22, 2006

On 09 August, the government of Bihar State, India, announced a 25% subsidy for the purchase of zero-tillage seeders, bed planters, and maize threshers. According to Raj Gupta, facilitator of the Rice …


Mexican authorities monitor seed health at CIMMYT

August 18, 2006

On August 9 and 10 the Seed Health Laboratory received an inspection from the Direction General of the Phytosanitary Office (dependence of SAGARPA). This is a yearly routine for the lab, which operate …


Corpoica maize ‘V-114’ released in Colombia

August 18, 2006

Last 25 July, more than 180 farmers and staff from CIMMYT and CORPOICA, Colombia’s agriculture research organization, gathered in the field of Isabel Cristina Cardenas at Los Palmitos, near Sincelejo, …


John Niederhauser remembered at Toluca Station

August 11, 2006

On Saturday, July 29th the ashes of Dr. John S. Niederhauser, who died in August 2005, were laid to rest in a potato field at the Toluca station, by his son Mr. Roberto Niederhauser and his wife. Nied …


CIMMYT from space

August 11, 2006

CIMMYT headquarters is visible from space as these pictures illustrate. One sunny, dry season day a couple of years ago (we don’t know the exact date) a satellite photographed CIMMYT headquarters. The …


Science at CIMMYT: grown-ups and children play and learn

August 11, 2006

At El Batán last 28 July 2006, we were privileged to host 76 children from the CIMMYT family. Following the DG’s welcome, a group photo, and final admonitions from their guardians, the youngsters aged …


Asian Cereals Conference

July 28, 2006

The 2nd Central Asian Cereals Conference took place on June 13-16, 2006 in Aurora Sanatorium near Cholpon-Ata town of Issyk-Kul Lake region in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Lake Issyk-Kul is a natural pear …


Award for Zhonghu He

July 28, 2006

Zhonghu He, CIMMYT Principal Scientist and Country Representative in China received the Taishan Scholars Award, the highest honor for individual scientists from the Shandong Provincial Government. The …


Message from Masa

July 14, 2006

CIMMYT scientists have had remarkable success in the pre-proposal competition for the Generation Challenge Program’s competitive grants in 2006. A total of 55 pre-proposals were submitted by many orga …


Bangladesh Country Almanac version 3.0 released

July 14, 2006

The third edition of the Bangladesh Country Almanac (BCA) was released at a workshop held at the Jahangir Nagar University, Savar, chaired by its Vice Chancellor in April. In May and June a disseminat …