Posts Tagged ‘Kenya’

New maize brings hope to Kenya’s drylands

August 15, 2011

This harvest, many farmers in lower eastern Kenya were left staring in dismay at their failed maize crops. Once again, droughts have left people in the area desperate; they must purchase maize themsel …


CIMMYT maize varieties feature in Thurow blog

July 25, 2011

In a “Global Food for Thought” article focusing on the recent drought in Kenya, prominent journalist and policy advisor Roger Thurow tells of how CIMMYT-bred maize crops have thrived where their neigh …


Writing for impact in Kenya

July 22, 2011

On 10-16 July in Nakuru, Kenya, students gathered for “Writing Week”, a workshop focused on improving the composition of participants’ scientific papers for publication. Presentations were given by CI …


New maize varieties keeping Kenyan inmates fed

July 3, 2011

The Government of Kenya Prison in Machakos, Kenya, is not your average prison. Here, the inmates have their food security in their hands—quite literally. This is because they work the prison farm, whi …


Release of insect resistant maize hybrids

February 14, 2011

The Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) project recorded a tremendous success in 2010 with the release of six maize varieties. The released varieties are hybrids that have post-harvest and stem b …


Training workshop for maize technicians in Africa wraps up its 13 country journey in Kenya

June 7, 2010

A training workshop for maize technicians was held from 17–21 May 2010 at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) station in Embu, Kenya. Organized by the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (D …


Storing maize in a metal can?

April 27, 2010

Would you store grain in a metal can? That was the question posed during a humorous skit presented at a stakeholders’ workshop in Homa Bay, Kenya. The can in question is the metal silo and the perform …


BRAC International team visits CIMMYT-Kenya

April 21, 2010

On 09 April 2010, a team of four executives from BRAC International (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) visited CIMMYT-Kenya’s Nairobi office to discuss increased collaboration. In 2009, …


The new Board of the Consortium of the CGIAR Centers visits Kenya

March 23, 2010

During 01-05 March 2010, several board members of the new Consortium of the CGIAR Centers traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, for their inaugural board meeting. Those in attendance included Carlos Perez del C …


Science journalism workshop

February 3, 2010

Recognizing the importance of accurate and engaging science reporting, CIMMYT co-organized a science journalism workshop in Kenya during 12-14 January in Nairobi, Kenya. Both science and mainstream jo …


Top honors for young CIMMYT scientist

October 21, 2009

During the recently-concluded African Crop Science Society Conference, held in Cape Town, South Africa (28 September– 01 October 2009), Silvano Assanga, research technician working for CIMMYT in Kenya …


Scientists learn stem rust screening skills

October 6, 2009

Scientists from over 20 countries, many of whom are collaborators with the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI), gathered in Kenya on 28 September for a two week international training course titled …


Maize fete for Alpha Diallo

September 29, 2009

Alpha Diallo, a former CIMMYT maize breeder, was honored at a maize fair held in Embu on 4 September 2009. Diallo worked with CIMMYT for a total of 25 years, 11 of which were spent at CIMMYT-Kenya, be …


Four days under African skies

June 9, 2009

It was a short visit but by no means an unproductive one: from 18–22 May 2009, a Corporate Services team from CIMMYT-El Batán visited the center’s Nairobi and Harare regional offices. The team consist …


Lumpkin: CIMMYT should double in size in five years

June 5, 2009

On 23 May 2009, CIMMYT DG Tom Lumpkin told staff that the center needs to double in size in five years to accomplish its mission and confront, among other challenges, a looming global food security cr …


Metal silo artisans trained in Malawi and Kenya

June 2, 2009

CIMMYT is taking a creative approach toward reducing postharvest grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa. The Effective Grain Storage Project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SD …


Modeling the ex-ante assessment of drought

May 18, 2009

From 6-12 May 2009 an interdisciplinary team of experts from CIMMYT, IITA, University of Georgia, USA, and IFPRI met in Nairobi, Kenya to develop a model and run possible future scenarios on drought t …


CIMMYT-Kenya says kwa heri (good-bye) to 2008

December 31, 2008

Great food met great company at CIMMYT-Kenya’s end-of-the-year luncheon on 7 December, hosted by Global Maize Program director Marianne Bänziger. Long-standing service awards were presented to Alpha D …


Promoting Striga control technologies in western Kenya

August 1, 2008

The Striga Control Project of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is supporting widespread demonstrations in western Kenya of a promising method to control Striga, a highly invasive …


Striga control at OFAB meeting in Kenya

March 31, 2008

About 50 participants at a meeting of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) held discussions around CIMMYT agronomist Fred Kanampiu’s presentation on “Herbicide Seed Coating: Taming the …