CIMMYT and Cargill Mexico announce second edition of food security and sustainability awards
For a second year in a row, $25,000 USD will be awarded to projects contributing to food security and sustainability in Mexico’s agricultural sector.
Cargill will also be sponsoring a study to improve sustainability and responsible sourcing practices in Mexico’s maize and wheat markets.
Mexico City - September 29, 2016 – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Cargill Mexico announced today the second edition of the Cargill-CIMMYT Food Security and Sustainability Award during CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary celebration.
A bourse of $25,000 USD will be awarded to projects that promote sustainable food security solutions in Mexico and are implemented by farmers, researchers and opinion leaders.
“Ultimately, Cargill and CIMMYT want to develop an operational strategy that can be replicated in other parts of Mexico and beyond,” said Cargill Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility, Michelle Grogg.
Effective sustainable intensification strategies in Mexico, or anywhere else, only achieve significant and sustainable yield increases when innovative leaders in the links forming the agri-business chain collaborate with each other, said CIMMYT’s director general, Martin Kropff. “CIMMYT is proud to partner with Cargill to identify and contribute to the great work that farmers, researchers and opinion leaders are doing in different links of Mexico’s maize and wheat value chains.”
Since 2015, Cargill has committed $50,000 to support the awards. Award winners in 2015 have made the most of their achievement by investing their prizes in the activities outlined below.
- The farmer association representative invested their $10,000 award in a conservation project that helped renew machinery and equipment.
- The researchers category $10,000 award went to technological developments aimed at reducing consumption of fertilizers and herbicides in agriculture soybeans.
- And, the opinion leader category winner used their $5,000 award to purchase a rainwater conservation system to help boost maize farmers’ productivity in the state of Hidalgo.
Cargill is also sponsoring a study to evaluate and outline a sustainable and responsible sourcing plan for the Mexican maize and wheat markets. A task force, including Cargill and CIMMYT experts, will evaluate pilot areas and approaches, including different ways to implement more sustainable and responsible sourcing practices in the local supply chain.
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Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.
About Cargill Mexico
Cargill Mexico aims to contribute in improving agricultural productivity, satisfying and fulfilling the expectations of the domestic industry. In addition to adding value to human and animal nutrition and thus encourage economic development, Cargill Mexico reinvests its profits in several new businesses in the country. Cargill has 9 business units that have operations in Mexico, it employs more than 1,750 people in 13 states and has a total of 30 facilities, including a corporate office in Mexico City. For more information, visit Cargill.com.mx, and our News Center.
Headquartered in Mexico, CIMMYT (http://www.cimmyt.org) is the global leader in research for the development of corn and wheat, and corn production systems and wheat, for developing countries. CIMMYT works around the developing world with hundreds of allies to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to improve the quality of life of farmers and improve global food security.
Improved wheat developed at CIMMYT is planted in more than 60 million hectares in developing countries - more than 70 percent of the area planted with modern spring wheat area in those countries. These wheat varieties allow better crops that generate cumulative annual earnings for producers of at least 500 million dollars.
Similarly, 50 percent of modern varieties of maize are planted in developing countries come from CIMMYT improved seeds.
CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR and receives funding and support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private organizations.