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CIMMMYT Strategic Planning and Management Retreats

Related: Agriculture and Food Systems

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is a nonprofit research and training organization that focuses on innovations in maize and wheat crops for use by the poor in developing countries. It is one of 15 research centers that make up the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


Beginning in 2002, Meridian Institute helped CIMMYT leaders develop a strategic plan for the organization, which was under pressure to adapt to a changing external environment and decreases in funding. At the time, CIMMYT had more than 700 staff in 18 offices worldwide. Through a series of workshops facilitated by Meridian, CIMMYT staff developed and agreed upon future strategies, specific priorities, and criteria to guide the plan’s implementation.
In addition to the 2002 effort, Meridian has also facilitated several senior management retreats and meetings among senior managers and staff—all at CIMMYT’s headquarters outside Mexico City or in nearby cities. These meetings, which took place under the leadership of multiple Directors General from the early 1990s through 2000, were intended to provide opportunities for addressing both operational and strategic issues and opportunities.


In addition, Meridian facilitated a meeting in the Philippines between staff from both CIMMYT and the International Rice Research Institute (another CGIAR center), to explore opportunities for collaboration between the two organizations.