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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 …


Texas A&M students step out into the wider world, visit CIMMYT

June 22, 2007

During 19-29 June 2007, eight students from the Faculty of the Soil and Crop Science Department, Texas A&M University toured CIMMYT-El Batán and talked with center staff as part of an introductory …


Outstanding again!

June 8, 2007

For the second year in a row CIMMYT has been giving a ranking of “outstanding” in the annual performance measurement conducted by the CGIAR. CIMMYT was one of only two CGIAR centers to reach this, the …


Class act

May 11, 2007

Seventy-four students graduated Friday, 18 May from an intensive, four-month English course at the Turkish-American Association in Ankara, Turkey. What makes the students and the course special is tha …


CIMMYT’s respected training tradition continues

May 11, 2007

Ten wheat breeders from national agricultural research systems (NARSs) in Asia, Africa and Latin America have participated in the 2007 Intermediate Wheat Improvement course, which is drawing to a clos …


CIMMYT and ICARDA workshop in Iran

April 27, 2007

A first National Wheat Breeding Workshop and Training on Wheat Breeding for Different Agro-Ecological Zones was held at Dezful in South- Western Iran from 11 to 21 April 2007. The event was organized …


Soil carbon experts gather at CIMMYT

April 27, 2007

Ever heard of the terms “carbon trading” or “carbon inventories?” They are now routinely bandied about by governments seeking to balance economic development with reduced impacts on global climates. I …


Borlaug accorded fond welcome in northwestern Mexico

April 21, 2007

The CIMMYT research station and the city of Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, in northwestern Mexico, had reason to celebrate over the last week. Norman Borlaug paid a five-day visit to the city in the Yaqui Va …


Agua Fría staff promote CIMMYT’s work

April 13, 2007

On 7 March 2007, Jesús González, of CIMMYT’s Agua Fría research station, talked of CIMMYT’s aims and achievements to an audience of 400 during the traveling exhibition “No maize, no country,” organize …