International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in El Batan, Mexico has hosted seventeen high school interns since 1998.
Established in 1943, CIMMYT is a non-profit research and training center that works to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to ensure global food security and reduce poverty by bringing together public research and extension organizations, private companies, advanced research institutes, NGOs, and farmer associations in countries worldwide.
The CIMMYT carries out research and development in plant breeding; genetic resources; sustainable production; and socioeconomics.
Headquartered in El Batan, outside of Mexico City, CIMMYT has research centers in thirteen countries.
Interns at CIMMYT work alongside renowned international researchers and experts - like Dr. Petr Kosina, Dr. Allessandro Pelligrineschi, and Dr. Roberto LaRovere - in the fields of Mezquital Valley, the village of Agua Fria, and in CIMMYT's research labs in El Batan. Some of them have had the opportunity to interact with the 2000 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Evangelina Villegas and 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and World Food Prize Founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, before his passing in 2009.
The students have the opportunity to travel around Mexico with their host families and colleagues to see the Historic Center, the "floating gardens" of Xochimilico, Castle of Chapultepec, Fine Arts Palace, shrines for Our Lady Guadalupa, the Cathedral Metropolitana, and the National Palace.
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