Two of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Carlos Slim, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new laboratories at the headquarters of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (generally known by its name in Spanish, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo, CIMMYT) Please see http://mg.co.za/article/2013-02-14-gates-and-slim-open-new-research-centre-to-aid-global-food-security [mg.co.za].
In a statement put forth by Bill Gates, the new facilities are perceived to ensure “CIMMYT’s continued leadership in developing high-yielding maize and wheat varieties equipped to tolerate the stresses of climate change… [as well as the] ability to develop and deliver resource-conserving farming practices…enabling poor farming families to increase their productivity and income.” Please see http://www.thegatesnotes.com/Topics/Development/Mexico-Will-Lead-Innovation-in-Agricultural-Development-for-the-World [www.thegatesnotes.com]
Although the two articles referenced above, and in particular the latter article by Gates, suggest that CIMMYT promotes “sustainable” solutions to world hunger, AGRA Watch’s research shows projects previously funded by the Gates Foundation do not promote sustainable or agroecological approaches to farming. So skeptisism here appears warranted.
For more information, please review Phil Bereano’s correspondence with the Gates Foundations Roy Steiner on AGRA Watch’s September 27th blog, “AGRA Watch Challenges Gates Foundation’s Claims to Support Agroecology”
For more background, especially on Carlos Slim, see http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2020379618_gatesslimxml.html