Director General Dr Martin Kropff had detailed meetings with Minister of National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Secretary of the ministry Seerat Asghar and senior management of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC).
The minister also expressed satisfaction over the longstanding partnership between CIMMYT
and Government of Pakistan and also appreciated the launching of projects by CIMMYT
for crop improvement in Pakistan.
Funding at CIMMYT
was plentiful during this time, so extensive projects such as this were possible.
Maize Improvement and Seed System Specialist, Dr.
director heaped praise on Slim and Gates.
The green revolution started with CIMMYT
, which was an outgrowth of the Mexican Agricultural Program, and the MAP owed its existence, more than anything else, to that road trip taken by a remarkable American over 70 years ago.
We still have a long way to go," says Singh of CIMMYT
The new high yielding crops include soybean from the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Columbia (CIAT), mungbean, cowpea and cassava seed from the International Potato Centre (CIP) in Peru, rice from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, sweet potatoes from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India, and the maize from CIMMYT
The article "Risking Corn, Risking Culture" (November/December 2002) fails to mention the intensive research that CIMMYT
(the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) has conducted to help Mexican farmers conserve traditional varieties of maize (corn) in the communities where those varieties evolved.
As the world's leading researchers in modern maize farming, scientists at the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (known as CIMMYT
, from the Spanish Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo) consider the future of transgenic maize, its advantages balanced against its dangers, most seriously.
The data were analysed by using partial budgeting technique described by CIMMYT
Warburton and Buckler analyzed many of the high beta-carotene corn lines in the CIMMYT
genebank and from CIMMYT