The world faces the challenge of growing more wheat, responsibly and sustainably.

CIMMYT collaborates with national agricultural research institutions, non-government and community-based organizations, seed sector organizations, regional research networks, other CGIAR centers, private companies, and advanced research institutions to tackle the problem on a global scale by providing farmers the best seed, agronomy, and information needed to increase yields.

  • Provide diverse, high-yielding wheat varieties that withstand infertile soils, drought, pests, and diseases.

  • Conduct research to help farmers exploit the full potential of improved seed while conserving soil and water resources.

  • Explore new market opportunities for small farmers.

  • Provide training opportunities in wheat breeding and crop management research.


Training supports wheat’s dramatic rise in Zambia

Zambian wheat breeder Lutangu Makweti participated in the 2012 wheat improvement course at CIMMYT headquarters in Mexico. His experience inspired him to pass on his knowledge to others and launch new breeding work in his country.
One of 23 course participants from wheat-producing countries throughout the developing world, Makweti was profoundly impressed by what he learned from the coordinated classroom lectures and field practicums. “My attitude towards work has really changed and even my fellow breeders dealing with other crops have noticed that,” he said, in an unsolicited message of gratitude from his home base in Lusaka. “I now speak with confidence on wheat issues. I’ll never forget (how this training) made a difference in my career.”

Science magazine: Global research to control stem rust disease saves wheat farmers losses worth US $1.12 billion per year

The virulent stem rust race Ug99 has spread from Africa to Iran and is capable of causing serious crop losses. Credit: EQuilligan
A study just published in Science by scientists from the University of Minnesota, CSIRO, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and CIMMYT shows that research to control the wheat disease known as stem rust during 1961-2009 has added 6.2 million tons annually to world wheat harvests, worth US $1.12 billion per year at 2010 prices.

Water-saving techniques salvage wheat in drought-stricken Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s 2012 drought and high temperatures cut the country’s wheat harvests by more than half from 2011 output, but wheat under zero-tillage practices gave up to three times more grain than conventionally cultivated crops. Two million hectares are currently under zero tillage, making Kazakhstan one of the top-ten countries for conservation agriculture and helping to avoid severe wheat shortages.

Inspiring a new generation of scientists: The Borlaug-Ruan Internship

Inspiring a new generation of scientists: The Borlaug-Ruan Internship
Many scientists begin exploring at a young age; they try to figure out the things they don’t know, ask questions of others, and see how this information might be useful to them in creating new knowledge. The very lucky ones might have a mentor, or at the very least, a place where they are encouraged to cultivate their curiosity and use what they find out to help others.

A New U.S.-sponsored Project to Help Modernize Pakistan’s Agriculture Sector

A New U.S.-sponsored Project to Help Modernize Pakistan’s Agriculture Sector
“Boosting Pakistan’s economy is one of our top assistance priorities. That’s why this project will work to modernize agricultural practices to increase the production and quality of livestock and horticultural goods. This in turn will enhance economic development in the country,” said USAID Country Director Jonathan M. Conly
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