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Thailand - CIMMYT

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Isaan, Thailand, has hosted one high school intern in 2000.

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 2000 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Surinder Vasal - in the Suwan Farm field site and CIMMYT's research labs in Issan.

The student also had the opportunity to travel around Thailand with their host families and colleagues to see the Pak Chong marketplace, Buddhist temples, Tung Sri Muan temple, and Isaan National Park.

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