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.

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Former CIMMYT Global Wheat Program Director Wins 2014 World Food Prize​

Former CIMMYT Global Wheat Program Director Wins 2014 World Food Prize​
CIMMYT is delighted that the World Food Prize 2014 has been awarded to distinguished wheat breeder Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram for his achievements in plant research and food production.

New Agreement between CIMMYT and the Canadian Wheat Alliance to Focus on Disease Resistance in Durum Wheat

New Agreement between CIMMYT and the Canadian Wheat Alliance to Focus on Disease Resistance in Durum Wheat
09 June 2014 – Saskatoon, SK, CANADA ─ The Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) and CIMMYT will collaborate on research to provide farmers in Canada and in developing countries access to stronger, more resistant durum wheat. The joint research builds upon the two organizations’ long-term programs to improve the yield, sustainability and profitability of wheat.

Putting Up Resistance

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Dr. Ravi Singh, a CIMMYT Distinguished Scientist and Head-Bread Wheat Improvement & Rust Research, was recently profiled for his work with wheat in the article “Putting Up Resistance,” which appeared in The Scientist. 

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.
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