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Mexican leader expresses support for innovation and sustainable development

As part of his plan for working with Mexico, CIMMYT鈥檚 host country, on 24 June Director General Martin Kropff held an introductory meeting with Senator Manuel Cota, leader of Mexico鈥檚 National Peasant Confederation (Confederaci贸n Nacional Campesina/CNC), an organization comprising more than five million smallholder farmers. Sustainable development and scientific innovation were some of the key issues discussed.

CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff and Bram Govaerts, Associate Director of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program and Leader of MasAgro, meet with Senator Cota.
CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff and Bram Govaerts, Associate Director of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program and Leader of MasAgro, meet with Senator Cota.

As part of his plan for working with Mexico, CIMMYT鈥檚 host country, on 24 June Director General Martin Kropff held an introductory meeting with Senator Manuel Cota, leader of Mexico鈥檚 National Peasant Confederation (Confederaci贸n Nacional Campesina/CNC), an organization comprising more than five million smallholder farmers. Sustainable development and scientific innovation were some of the key issues discussed.

Senator Cota acknowledged CIMMYT鈥檚 importance and said that he and his group are proud that CIMMYT is headquartered in Mexico. He recounted CIMMYT鈥檚 history, mentioning that it was founded in Mexico during the administration of President Adolfo L贸pez Mateos, who left a historic legacy of worldwide significance.

鈥淐IMMYT has the support of the association I represent and Mexican legislators are very sensitive to rural issues, so there is no doubt that they are extremely willing to collaborate with science to generate innovations that benefit the agricultural sector,鈥 said Senator Cota.

Kropff said that it is most important to establish useful strategies that help farmers, and that it is essential to incorporate research and innovation into the seed sector and public and private organizations.

鈥淪ince my arrival, I鈥檝e heard about CNC鈥揅IMMYT collaboration, and I feel very grateful and recognize that it is essential to have the support of such an important organization,鈥 said Kropff. 鈥淔urthermore, this recognition is international because it was due to the efforts of small-scale farmers that the Center received the 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application as part of the World Food Prize鈥, concluded Kropff.