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November, 17, 2004.


Dear Nagib,

 I am glad that your work on cassava ecology and breeding is receiving
 global appreciation.  I wish you a very
 happy and satisfying New year.

 With warm regards,

 Yours sincerely,
 M S Swaminathan

 Chairman, National Commission on Farmers, Govt. of India
 President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
 Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
 Third Cross Street, Taramani Institutional Area
 Chennai - 600 113 (India)
 Tel: +91 44 2254 2790 / 2254 1229; Fax: +91 44 2254 1319
 Email: /


November, 11, 2004.

Dear Dr. Nassar,


Congratulations to you on all your accomplishments.  With the improvement of cassava, many will eat who would otherwise starve, an accomplishment that should make you very proud.


I have always enjoyed being in touch with you and reading about your fine good works.


Peter Raven

Director, Missouri Botanic Garden


October, 13, 2004.

Dear Nagib,

I am so happy that you have received recognition for you work. It is so rare that those of us working in genetic resources do so. Congratulations on your achievements.

Best regards,

Linda Pollak
Professor, Iowa State University


September, 04, 2004.

Dear Nagib,
Re.  IITA acknowledgement,  what great news! I'm very proud to know you (albeit by email)...
Don't give up and keep your drive to make this great genetic option a reality.
Very best wishes and again - congratulations.


Richard A. Jefferson Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO
GPO Box 3200, Canberra, ACT2601
+61 2 6246 4502 (dir)
+61 2 6297 3609 (home)
+61 419 499753 (mobile)


September, 04, 2004.

Dear Professor Nassar,

 .  I would like to join IITA in conveying my congratulations for this outstanding achievement, which will clearly have an impact on the welfare of farmers in SSA and elsewhere.  kind regards and best wishes. 

 Yours sincerely,  Onesmo ole-MoiYoi. 

Onesmo K. ole-MoiYoi MD, DSc (hc)  Director: Research & Partnerships

International Center of Insect Physiology& Ecology (ICIPE)

Nairobi, Kenya.

E-mail: Web Page:

Laureate 2003: Kilby International Award (


September, 03, 2004.

Dear Dr. Nassar,

 Thank you for your email of August 31, 2004.

I compliment you for developing the cassava hybrid that has mustered such high demand in Nigeria.  The apomictic and pest resistant material will be very helpful in obtaining stabilized yields from planting material which can be easily multiplied on a large scale.

 With kind regards,

 Yours sincerely,

V.L. Chopra

President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India


August, 31, 2004.

Dear Nagib,

Thank you for forwarding the copy of the citation from Rodomiro Ortiz. I am glad that your contirbutions and hybrids are so well recognized; the application of research can be difficult but it is excellent that you have achieved this through your programme including publication.

Best wishes,


Professor J.S. (Pat) Heslop-Harrison
Department of Biology
University of Leicester
LE1 7RH UK (ID/pw: visitor) or


August, 29, 2004.

Congratulations, Nagib, on this fantastic contribution! 

Rebecca Nelson
Professor, Cornell University


August, 29, 2004.

Fico realmente emocionado e o relato é surpreendente. Parabéns meu caro colega e amigo. Grato por compartilhar comigo seus esplêndidos resultados, tão importantes para a África e para o Brasil.
Mereces, pelo menos, a "Ordem do Mérito Científico", pois o Nobel tem muita política e os julgadores, em geral, não contemplam nossa área de pesquisa.
Muitos Parabéns !!!

Jorge Mariath
Diretor, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas
Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul


August, 29, 2004.

Dear Nagib, 

You have my hearties congratulations for a job well done!! To me, providing small cultivators with superior germplasm to allow them to have a more secure food supply and a marketable surplus is the most noble of achievements.

Keep up the good work and all best wishes for your personal well being.

Robert Havener
President Emeritus
Winrock International
Sacramento, California, USA


August, 19, 2004.

Caro Nagib,

Parabéns por este feito. Isto engrandece a C&T brasileira e o
reconhecimento à sua pessoa nos deixa bastante honrados.
Forte abraço,

Clayton Campanhola
Presidente, Embrapa