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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New Wheat Breeds Can Help Avert Food Security Disaster

New Wheat Breeds Can Help Avert Food Security Disaster

Wheat breeders involved in the monumental global challenge of ensuring food security for 9.5 billion people by 2050 face enormous hurdles. Overall, we need to double the amount of food produced to meet demand as population grows steadily from just over 7 billion today, according to the World Bank. 

Updated Web Wheat Atlas 3.0 Prioritizes User Experience

Wheat is shown at sunset at the El Batan headquarters of the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement. CIMMYT/Julie Mollins

Got a question about wheat? Whether you’re a scientist, a researcher or simply interested in learning more about the vital staple crop that provides 20 percent of the world’s calories, the Wheat Atlas can help.

Ethiopia’s Seed Co-ops Benefit Entrepreneurs and Smallholder Farmers

Farmer and social entrepreneur Amaha Abraham stands in a wheat field at the Debre Zeyit research station in Ethiopia's Oromia Region 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa. CIMMYT/Julie Mollins

Farmer and social entrepreneur Amaha Abraham sets his sights high. The 45-year-old aims to become as wealthy as Saudi Arabian-Ethiopian Mohammed Al Amoudi, who in March 2014 was estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of $15.3 billion.

Global Wheat-Rust Research Aids Ethiopian Farmers

Global Wheat-Rust Research Aids Ethiopian Farmers

Until a few years ago, farmers Abdela and Bayisu Kadir grew “Kubsa,” a semi-dwarf bread wheat variety on their small landholding in the Ethiopian highlands known as the Roof of Africa.

Q+A: Young Scientist Wins Award for “Taking it to the Farmer”

Q+A: Young Scientist Wins Award for “Taking it to the Farmer”

Conservation agriculture, which improves the livelihoods of farmers by sustainably boosting productivity, is becoming a vital part of the rural landscape throughout Mexico and Latin America, leading to a major World Food Prize award for Bram Govaerts.

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