Lumpkin noted that CIMMYT is already doing some GM corn research in Africa, but not in Mexico.
‘‘We are doing some research here with wheat, which is not such a sensitive issue in Mexico,’’ he said.
Lumpkin warned that the world could face a recurrence of the kind of crisis that CIMMYT was able to stave off 50 years ago, this time brought about by new plant diseases, climate change, water shortages and increasing consumption of grain-intensive foods, like meat.
‘‘On one hand, there is rapidly increasing demand ... on the other hand, conditions for producing this food are deteriorating rapidly,’’ he said.
Without new research avenues, he warned, ‘‘we have all of the ingredients for a new global food crisis.’’