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Vice Premier Liu Yandong Visits International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

On the morning of August 9, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong visited the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) headquartered in Texcoco, Mexico and witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the China Scholarship Council and the CIMMYT on renewing their cooperation.

Liu Yandong expressed that the Chinese government pays great attention to the development of agriculture and regards it as the foundation of national economy. With a population of 1.38 billion, 1/5 of the world population, China’s land area only accounts for 7 percent of the world aggregate, highlighting the great significance of food security. The 13th Five-Year Plan especially requires to vigorously advance agricultural modernization.

Liu Yandong spoke highly of the CIMMYT for its contribution to helping developing countries improve their agricultural sector as a non-profit research institution, and said that given the fast growing rate in population, it is urgent for developing countries to address the issue of food security. For China, seed is the fundamental issue of agricultural development. China stands ready to continue expanding cooperation with the CIMMYT, so as to make greater contribution to developing nations in developing agriculture and dealing with food security.

CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff introduced that in the 30-year-long cooperation between the CIMMYT and China, 8 researchers have successively received the Chinese Government Friendship Award. The CIMMYT hopes to further deepen cooperation with China in grooming talent, conducting research on germplasm resources, establishing a research center in East Asia and other aspects so as to better benefit the people of developing countries.

Founded in 1966, the CIMMYT is a non-profit international agricultural research organization and training facility under the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. It is dedicated to increasing maize and wheat output in the world and helping developing countries to cope with food security.

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