The world faces the challenge of growing more wheat, responsibly and sustainably.
CIMMYT collaborates with national agricultural research institutions, non-governmental 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, training and information needed to increase yields.
Among the activities of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program:
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 smallholder farmers.
Provide training opportunities in wheat breeding and crop management research.
Ug99, a swift moving stem rust disease, will be the focus of a workshop expected to attract 500 delegates hosted by the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative in Sydney, Australia, from September 17 to 20, 2015.
Food shortages will escalate due to climate change-related production shocks and the international community must prepare to respond to price increases and social unrest, particularly in less developed countries, cautioned a joint British-U.S. taskforce in a new report.
A recent review paper released by Britain’s University of Warwick addresses two fundamental questions regarding wheat: “Are whole grain products good for health?”; and “What is behind the rise in popularity of gluten- and wheat-free diets?”
Enrique Martínez y Martínez, head of SAGARPA, and Martin Kropff, newly appointed director general at CIMMYT, held a meeting to discuss research and development priorities in the framework of their strategic collaboration.
Undernourishment affects some 795 million people worldwide – more than one out of every nine people do not get enough food to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Almost 780 million of those undernourished people live in developing countries and about 94 percent live in Asia and Africa, FAO reports.