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CIMMYT participates in EU Day exhibition in Nairobi

EU-exhibitionAs part of European Union Day celebrations in Kenya, an exhibition to showcase research and development activities supported by the EU or its member states took place on 09 May 2012 at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. CIMMYT was among 12 exhibitors participating and featured the projects Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA), Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA), Effective Grain Storage (EGS), Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS), and Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping System for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA). On display were cobs of CIMMYT and commercial maize hybrids harvested from drought stressed plots alongside cobs of the same hybrids from fully irrigated plots. Several CIMMYT publications were available for visitors.

Maize is a staple food in Kenya, so visitors to the stand were keen to know which varieties would thrive in their locales. Visitors also included people working in other agricultural research and development organizations, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) country director Erna Kerst. A component of the DTMA project focusing on heat stress is funded by USAID. CIMMYT was represented by Dan Makumbi, Titus Kosgei, and Florence Sipalla.