Thirteen national staff from CIMMYT and the Cali Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) took the First Leadership Development Program (FLDP) last week at El Batán. CIMMYT organized the course. This is the first time it has been given completely in Spanish. Facilitator Petr Kosina said mounting the course in Spanish was a great challenge and he was happy with the outcome. “I was very impressed with the high standards of the students. It was a very good group.” A follow-up session has been scheduled for January.