Summary

Aspects suggested by partners that need adjustment, improvement, change or should be dropped (as of August 30, 2010)

NAME

MP

FEEDBACK

Victor M. Villalobos
Director General
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Costa Rica

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Develop better linkage of SI with national partners

ICAR-CIMMYT Consultation meeting
and
Sumita Dasgupta
Under Secretary
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), India

MAIZE

·         Include Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) activities in MAIZE Mega Program

IARI-CIMMYT Consultation meeting
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), India

MAIZE

·         Counter location/region-specific pathogens/insect pests of maize in a partnership mode

·         Include breeding for specialty corn traits, low input and high input maize environments, how to convert low potential into high potential environments, and the access, transfer and use of transgenic technologies

DMR-CIMMYT Consultation meeting
Directorate of Maize Research (DMR), India

MAIZE

·         Emphasize maize-based entrepreneurship development in countries with emerging markets

·         Research on how conservation agriculture can lead to reduction in weed problem

·         Build capacity, particularly for basic and strategic research

·         Establish phenotyping facilities for abiotic stresses like heat stress

·         Intensify research on shoot fly and spider mites (emerging important insect-pests) and there is a need for intensifying research on this aspect

·         Access to transgenic technologies

·         Develop doubled haploid technology

·         Improve nutritional quality of maize, especially QPM and provitamin A

·         Develop dual purpose maize – as food/feed and fodder

Private Sector-CIMMYT Consultation meeting
27  Local, regional and multinational seed companies based in India

MAIZE

·         Put greater emphasis on biotic stress tolerance in maize, specialty corn and maize for biofuels

·         Breed for early/medium maturity material with higher yields and drought tolerance

·         Emphasize public-private partnerships to enable new technologies to reach farmers

·         Enable higher level of collaboration in countries with high concentration of resource-poor maize farmers

·         Test hybrids and promote hybrid technology adoption in the region

·         Address post flowering stalk rots and BLSB

·         Strengthen extension services to educate farmers on new agro-technologies, including hybrids and crop agronomy

·         Emphasize value addition of maize in rural areas

·         Acquire transgenic technologies from MNCs

·         Research use of antitranspirants to overcome the effects of drought and heat

BARI-CIMMYT Consultation meeting
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Bangladesh

MAIZE

·         Promote maize for diverse food purposes (to counter challenges like Bird flu in the region which affected use of maize as poultry feed )  

·         Demonstrate diverse food preparations using maize, especially by organizing training workshops for women

·         Address stress tolerance, including drought in the hilly areas, drought and salinity in the southern Bangladesh; excess water in Comilla; boron deficiency in the northern Bangladesh

·         Research management practices for enhancing the adaptive capacity of maize in stress affected areas

·         Address need for flint maize hybrids with moderate height (to reduce lodging), high yields and medium/full-season maturity, QPM hybrids with higher yield capacity

·         Research on cropping systems, especially wheat-rice, maize-rice and potato-maize-rice

·         Facilitate research and use of DH technology, MAS, search for salinity tolerance genes

·         Conduct training in modern molecular markers and biochemical quality analysis

·         Emphasize technology dissemination

BARC-CIMMYT Consultation meeting
 
and
Wais Kabir
Chairman
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Bangladesh

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Strengthen germplasm exchange and human resource development

·         Research on maize post-harvest processing, value chain development of maize for food as well as food products

·         Develop low water-requiring maize varieties with high water use efficiency 

Stephen Nutsugah
Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Ghana

MAIZE

·         Build the capacity of the NARS by increasing the number of MSc and PhD students to be trained annually

·         Strengthen the seed sector, including breeder seed production

Yogeswara Rao
Executive Director
Vikky’s Agrisciences Pvt Ltd., India

MAIZE

·         SI 3 -  Include mitigation against seasonal droughts, use of antitranspirants like kaolin and soil mulching

·         SI 10 & SI 2 – Strengthen value chain by establishing value addition processing units in maize growing areas to provide employment opportunities

·         Acquire transgenic traits for drought & N-deficiency developed by MNCs by countries under public - private partnerships

Zoltan Bedo 
Director
Agricultural Research Institute, Hungary

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Underline the important aspects of long-term crop production systems to analyze the effects and interactions of crop rotation, N and P fertilization, and the influence of climate change on the soil water and nutrient balances

Marian VERZEA
General Director
Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Romania

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Include countries in Eastern Europe (middleincome countries share common problems that are different from Western Europe, US or Australia) which are large cereal producers with large breeding programs and likely to be affected by climate change

Vera Maria Carvalho Alves
Chefe Geral da Embrapa Milho e Sorgo
Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Brazil

MAIZE

·         Emphasize maize-based entrepreneurship development in countries with emerging markets

·         Research on how conservation agriculture can lead to reduction in weed problem

·         Build capacity, particularly for basic and strategic research

·         Establish phenotyping facilities for abiotic stresses like heat stress

·         Intensify research on shoot fly and spider mites (emerging important insect-pests) and there is a need for intensifying research on this aspect

·         Access to transgenic technologies

·         Develop doubled haploid technology

·         Improve nutritional quality of maize, especially QPM and provitamin A

·         Develop dual purpose maize – as food/feed and fodder

Yash Bhargava
 
East African Seed Co (EASEED), Kenya

MAIZE

·         Suggest concerted efforts that are more efficient and have better impacts on the African seed sector.

Albrecht E. Melchinger
Professor
University of Hohenheim, Germany

MAIZE

·         Medium-to long-term commitment needed in order to secure the required impact for the next decades.

·         Doubts on whether it is realistic to target substantial increase in the activities for 2011

·         Question on the possibility of recruiting the highly qualified researchers needed for the ambitious research, given tremendous shortage of well-trained, motivated and dedicated personnel

·         Difficult for CIMMYT and public research institutions to be competitive with the private sector with 3-year contracts

Peter Freymark
Research Coordinator
and
Lloyd Le Page
Sustainable Development Partnerships
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, USA

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Prioritize and scale initiatives, focus on 3-5 key initiatives

·         Provide specifics, include deployment plan, priority setting

·         Avoid broad statements regarding intellectual property issues

Nick Austin
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Australia

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         More closely examine the opportunities for integrated projects involving both maize and wheat as well as other staple commodities where beneficial synergies can be achieved

·         More definitively include NARS in future CIMMYT research to enhance active collaboration, achieve research potential and deliver capacity building opportunities

·         Greater expression to the impacts at both the research and user levels

Brian Keating
Director, Sustainable Agriculture Flagship
and
Jeremy Burdon
Chief, Plant Industry
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         ·Articulate more fully how cross-linkages will be managed and their effectiveness assessed

·         Align the Mega Program with the major regional and country priorities of stakeholders concerned with issues of food security and improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers

·         Better connect genetic improvement to systems improvement by creating strong research capacity in this area

Patricio S. Faylon
Executive Director
Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development  (PCARRD)
Philipines

MAIZE

·         Include the Philippines where mycotoxin contamination contributes 10-15% yield loss, in SI6 in the mycotoxin study

 

 

Jean-Marcel Ribaut
Director
Generation Challenge Program (GCP), Mexico

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Proposal includes GCP service component, which will support molecular breeding activities over the coming years

Greg Edmeades
Independent Consultant

MAIZE

·         Proposal is exciting and in general very well conceived

·         Need a clear link into the projects that major donors were already supporting

·         Make more clear the relationship between MAIZE and the Challenge Programs

·         Strongly endorsing the partnership flavour  -- the use of private-public consortia brings a refreshingly new look to the proposal

·         Fully support the establishment of a phenotyping network that provides both multilocation yield testing and the evaluation of specific traits in hot spots

·         Need a focus on seed and seed delivery

·         More mention of the role of Farmer Participatory Varietal Selection (FPVS)

·         Need to mention of genetically modified maize

·         Refer to maize as a feed source for monogastrics or ruminants and to its possible role as biofuel

·         Perhaps more emphasis on maize as a source of green house gases -- depending on how it is cultivated, fertilized and how its residues are managed

Huajun Tang
Vice President , International Collaboration
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS), China

MAIZE

·         Include role of GMO technology in improving maize productivity

Mai Xuan Trieu
Director
National Maize Research Institute (NMRI), Vietnam

MAIZE

·         develop maize hybrids tolerant to acid soil and saline soils (an emerging problem in Vietnam)

Ephraim A. Mukisira
Director
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Kenya

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Address biophysical as well as socio-economic constraints to productivity

Mohammad S. Muya
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, The United Republic of Tanzania

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Include Tanzania as research and development partner

Seyed Ata Rezaei
Director General
Bureau of International Scientific Relations
and
Jahangir Porhemmat
Deputy Minister and Head
Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Iran

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Emphasize the importance of long-term impacts on productivity

 

Solomon Assefa and Maize Group
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Ethiopia

MAIZE

·         Include Ethiopia in the strategic initiative to minimize grain loss after harvest

 

Eva Acevedo Gutiérrez
Director General
Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria
(INTA), Nicaragua

MAIZE

·         Develop varieties tolerant to the problems created by climate change

Seyed Ata Rezaei
Director General
Agricultural Research, Education and Extension organization
(AREEO), Iran

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Emphasize importance of long-term impacts on productivity

·         Add one more SI focusing on breeding wheat for enhancing micronutrient content

Carmen Thönnissen
Senior Advisor
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
, Switzerland

MAIZE & WHEAT

·         Need to further explain the 'demand driven' nature of the proposal and the changes that this implies

·         Impact targets are pretty high that go for beyond reach of wheat or maize

·         Need explicit link to the Strategic Results Framework (SRF)

·         Provide more information on 'how' things will be done differently

·         Specify short term benefits, results or coping strategies in addition to long term results

·         Make more explicit the environmental stress focus of breeding, to include pests and diseases

·         Explain the modus operandi for linking with TAs or other MPs

·         Provide more specific information, e.g. organizations, focal areas, etc

MSc. Telce Abdel Gonzalez Morera
Director General
Instituto de Investigaciones de Granos
 
Dr. Carlos G. Borroto
Vicedirector
Centro de Ingeniería Genética y Biotecnologica, Cuba
 MAIZE  
·         SI2: Sustainable intensification and income opportunities for the poor living in maize-based systems
·         SI3: Closing the yield gap through smallholder precision agriculture
 ·         SI4: Stress tolerant maize for the poorest
 ·         SI5: Towards doubling the productivity of maize in the developing world
·         SI6: Improving food safety and reducing post harvest losses in maize

·         SI7: Nutritional enrichment of  maize

·         SI9: New tools, methods and genomic resources for increasing genetic gains in maize bree

 

 
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Maria Luz Caces GEORGE,
Aug 31, 2010, 4:19 AM