"The challenge to produce food for Africa in the next 50 years despite climate challenges is enormous. We have to act together to ensure food security is achieved and farmers achieve yield potential." Martin Kropff, Director General, CIMMYT.
"When we speak about Africa's green revolution, it cannot take place without the improved varieties developed by CIMMYT and its partners. As governments in Africa we are seeing a bright future in agriculture through these seeds that will drive the much needed transformation." Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Government of Kenya.
"The nature of the battle against Maize Lethal Necrosis has to include the entire value chain from research to production of seed, to planting and harvesting of this seed, if we are to have impact on poverty and food insecurity in Africa and world." Karen Freeman, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development in Kenya and East Africa.
"It was phenomenal to see the next generation of scientists benefiting from training. We need to invest more in students and our future leaders in Africa. That is something that you as a continent have to do and we as foreign governments will support you." Julie Borlaug, Associate Director for External Relations, Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.
"Many of the regional problems faced by countries are not unique to them. Similarly, potential solutions to these problems create regional impact, neither crops nor their enemies recognize boundaries. I celebrate with CIMMYT and identify with its 50 years' dedicated contribution to agricultural research without borders." Eliud Kireger, Director General, KALRO.
“Partnership with CIMMYT has been beneficial to farmers. From the beginning farmers are looking at self-sustainability, and we are seeing farmers turning from consumers into investors. That’s a very big change we are making in the partnership.” Nicolai Rodeyns, Managing Director, NASECO Seed Company.