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Mexico boosts the transfer of the nixtamalization technique in Kenya

Release No. 300

Author: Secretariat of Foreign Relations

Publication date: 7 October 2020


The Government of Mexico boosts the transfer of the nixtamalization technique in Kenya, together with the International Centre for the Improvement of Maize and Wheat (CIMMYT), and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Maize is the most consumed grain in that country, which implies that this collaboration has a significant impact on the nutrition, health, and food security of the population.

On 6 October, a hybrid workshop (virtual and face-to-face) took place at JKUAT. A hundred members of the academy, students, international cooperation agencies and the private sector participated. The presentations were carried out by specialists from Wageningen University, CIMMYT, several enterprises, as well as the non-profit Mexican organization “Fundación Tortilla”. At the end of the workshop, a Kenyan and Mexican gastronomic sample based on maize products took place.

The workshop is inserted in the technical and cultural cooperation efforts between Mexico and Kenya. It also reflects the commitment of the Government of Mexico to strengthen its political, economic, and cooperation approach with its partners in the African continent.