In an august and simple ceremony at the offices of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) on 09 October 2009, Minister Francisco Mayorga Castañeda paid distinctive homage to hunger fighter and former CIMMYT wheat breeder, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, signing with Thomas A. Lumpkin an agreement for a special “Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Research Fund.” Intended to support applied agricultural research and technology transfer projects, the Fund is being launched with a USD 1 million contribution from Mexico.
Mayorga Castañeda said that Borlaug always gave special credit to the people and farmers of Yaqui Valley, state of Sonora, Mexico, and that Borlaug cited this location, where he worked with a team of Mexican researchers to develop high-yielding, disease resistant semidwarf wheats, as the cradle of the Green Revolution. “We will always recognize the Titanic labor of a man who, above all, sought to promote peace by ensuring food for all mankind,” said Mayorga Castañeda.
“This fund represents a first step toward Mexico returning to the leading role it played in the 1960s,” said Lumpkin, “when it made valuable contributions to fighting the hunger that affected millions on our planet.” Additional information is available at www.cimmyt.org.