Gates Foundation and Slim Foundation collaborate for agriculture advancement in Mexico
February 15, 2013
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Fundacion Carlos Slim recently partnered to provide the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) with $25 million to bring new agriculture technology to farmers in Mexico. Through this funding, CIMMYT can build a new bioscience research complex at its headquarters in El Batan.
"We are enthusiastic about this alliance," said Bill Gates. "Investing in agricultural development is one of the most effective investments we can make. It allows farming communities to become self-sufficient and prosperous by growing and selling more of what they produce."
This effort is expected to provide Mexican farmers with access to genetically modified seeds that can increase production and remain viable even with climate change, the Associated Press reports. CIMMYT is known for bringing inexpensive options to developing farming communities as a strategy to help them advance.
At the new bioscience facilities, researches will develop seeds that have the most advantageous genetic traits at a faster clip, CIMMYT reports. Some of the characteristics they hope to perpetuate include pest resistance and heat and drought resilience.
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