- SAGARPA and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) are working on renovating and strengthening the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) initiative.
- Mexico’s Agriculture Secretary Enrique Martínez y Martínez stated that the objective is to create better linkages between the two institutions, to avoid effort duplication, and to generate synergies leading to a greater exchange of knowledge and technologies for the benefit of a more productive, sustainable and competitive rural sector.
- The partners will also seek to replicate MasAgro in 400 municipalities targeted by the Mexican Crusade against Hunger in order to increase the productivity of subsistence maize farmers in a sustainable manner.
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Today, CIMMYT inaugurated a new US$ 25 million research complex at its headquarters in El Batan. The new advanced bioscience research facilities, 45 kilometers (20 miles) from Mexico City, marked its grand opening to a crowd of more than 100 invited guests.
The event was attended by Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Lic. Enrique Martínez y Martínez, Mexican Secretary of Agriculture and leader of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), and Dr. Eruviel Ávila Villegas, Governor of the State of Mexico.
The new bioscience complex will allow researchers to speed the development of valuable seed, by way of more precise characterization of its genetic traits, such as heat and drought tolerance, disease and pest resistance, and seed health, as well as the nutritional and industrial quality of the grain. CIMMYT was the cradle of the Green Revolution 60 years ago. By providing cutting-edge facilities and an enhanced research capacity, this alliance will significantly improve farm productivity.