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Is time on our side?

November 23, 2007

During 20-21 November, 16 CIMMYT staff from diverse areas took time out from their busy year-end schedules to attend the workshop “Time Management and Organizing Skills,” offered by the company Perfor …


Communicating agricultural biotechnology—back to basics

November 23, 2007

This Wednesday, CIMMYT was represented at a Monsanto-sponsored informal media exchange dinner at Nairobi’s Norfolk Hotel for Kenyan and visiting South African journalists. The participants shared thei …


Borlaug scholarship for children of national staff

October 26, 2007

The Borlaug Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce it is now accepting scholarship applications for the second semester student scholarship for 2007. Children of national staff in Mexico are eli …


First FLDP in Spanish

October 26, 2007

Thirteen national staff from CIMMYT and the Cali Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) took the First Leadership Development Program (FLDP) last week at El Batán. CIMMYT …


Special mention for CIMMYT wheat poster

October 26, 2007

A poster on a CIMMYT-led project to establish a system for assessing wheat grain quality in the main wheat-producing areas of Mexico received special mention at the 1st Latin American International Co …


Mexican farmers waking up to new beds

October 19, 2007

As part of a Fundación Sonora project and nationwide efforts to test and promote resourceconserving practices, during 10-12 October Fernando Delgado, Rodrigo Rascón, Iván Ortíz-Monasterio, and Bram Go …


CIMMYT meets farmers at the ICAMEX fair

October 12, 2007

On October 4, Javier Peña, head of CIMMYT’s cereal quality laboratory, and Fernando Delgado, superintendent of the Toluca research station, talked to farmers in Jilotepec, near Toluca, at an agricultu …


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” …


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 …


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 …


A pioneer passes: Bernice “Bernie” Hanson

August 24, 2007

We have received word that Mrs. Bernie Hanson, wife of Haldore Hanson, CIMMYT’s second director general, died on April 4, 2007 at the age of 91. She would have been 92 on Sunday, August 19th. Hal and …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Students from Tabasco

June 30, 2007

Eight biology students from Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco visited CIMMYT El Batán on Wednesday. They had a special interest in the management and conservation of seeds. The students were acco …