Six international development lessons and their underlying philosophical themes arepresented as postulates, and examples of their application in Texas-Mexico agriculturaldevelopment are presented. They are influenced by the author’s 22 years of experiences inthree development settings – an international agricultural research center, an internationalfoundation, and a land-grant university. The six lessons are: there must be (1) dialoguebetween experts from both Mexico and Texas in determining the issues that are to beaddressed; (2) representation from the groups that will ultimately benefit from joint effortsat all steps of the process; (3) sharing of costs for every activity that is conducted; (4) amarketing component in all projects, whenever possible; (5) student involvement at everyopportunity; and (6) joint evaluation of outcomes for policy impact.

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