In order to build more resilient agri-food systems to advance food security in Mexico, the American continent and the world, it is essential to promote the work of research institutions such as the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), expressed the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Victor Villalobos Arámbula.
When participating in the meeting of the Board of the research center, the federal official stated that it must be in solidarity with various regions of Africa and Asia, where the risk of famine prevails, or with Central America, which needs joint efforts in the face of the current uncertainty.
Highlighted that the country is proud to host CIMMYT and benefit from its scientific expertise.
Mexico, as the host country of this international center, provides the conditions for research efforts and improvement of agronomic systems, he pointed.
He indicated that the projects promoted by the International Center generate methodologies that allow innovation, knowledge transfer and the supply of seeds to contribute to improving the means of production and provide well-being to those who participate in the chains of the sector.
We have the privilege and obligation to serve the farmers of small scale in Mexico and in the world, promote change and transform our agri-food systems into healthier and more affordable diets, in addition to producing in a sustainable way, said Villalobos Arámbula.
The head of Agriculture said that Mexico promotes various actions to promote the well-being of global society and the agri-food sector is part of this vision.
Agriculture for PeaceFor example, it is an initiative promoted by the Nobel Peace Center, the Secretariats of Agriculture and Rural Development and Foreign Relations, the Embassy of Mexico in Norway, CIMMYT and various collaborators to promote agri-food systems sustainable and resilient, as a way to strengthen social peace.
I am sure that the International Center will be a strong ally to bring knowledge and innovation, through integrated agri-food systems, in Latin America, South Asia and Africa, and they are ready to expand this important work to more countries, he stressed.
He also highlighted initiatives such as MasAgro, which evolved into Cultivos para México, which has generated new ways of working with the public, private and social sectors in the country.
Its integrated approach to sustainable rural development is a reliable and consistent strategy for crop improvement, said Villalobos Arámbula, honorary president of the Board of Directors of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).
He detailed that MasAgro-Crops for Mexico it is an initiative of Agriculture that has the scientific support of the CIMMYT and the alliance with more than 100 collaborators, including the National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Livestock Research (INIFAP).
The initiative works on consensus building, has a deep respect for Mexican culture and traditions, and is involved in the innovation that has generated a more profound and lasting change, he indicated.
The Secretary of Agriculture urged to keep alive the legacy of Norman Borlaug – Nobel Peace Prize 1970 – for saving millions of lives thanks to his work in the improvement of wheat varieties, and to continue working together with high ethical standards, commitment, transparency and loyalty to farmers.
The meeting was also attended by the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Martha Delgado; the President of the CIMMYT International Board of Directors, Margaret Bath, and the CIMMYT Director General, Bram Govaerts.
During the XVIII Ordinary Session of the Consultative Council of the @AMEXCID we endorse the provision of @Agriculture_mex to continue collaborating and working closely in international cooperation actions, especially with the countries of Central and South America. pic.twitter.com/S6yGWWgIxq
– Victor Villalobos Arámbula (@ vmva1950) December 15, 2021
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