CIMMYT's work in Asia was initiated by Dr. Norman Borlaug whose innovative approach to improving wheat yields initiated the Green Revolution in the 1960's. Currently, CIMMYT's activities in the region stretches from Central Asia to southern China and incorporate system wide approaches to improving wheat and maize productivity in target regions.

Projects in Asia utilize farmer participatory approaches to ensure the materials developed are specific not only to Asia diverse terrain and agro-ecological zones, but also better suited to farmers preferences. Projects focused on the nutrition in the region deliver quality seed to areas with high rates of child malnutrition and malnourishment. As the result of CIMMYT's long history of working with the region, 55% of wheat varieties in China are sourced from CIMMYT genetic materials and over 90% of all spring wheat cultivars grown in South Asia originate from either CIMMYT or ICARDA.

CIMMYT has nine country offices in the region in addition to the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) was initiated in October of 2011. BISA endeavors to address needs in critical areas of food security in the region of South Asia from the development of improved seed, the facilitation of capacity building, and the promotion of the adoption of new technologies in agronomy such as conservation agriculture techniques in addition to remote sensing technologies, decision support systems, and ICTs for climate change monitoring.

Asia is a key region for CIMMYT's objective and mission for increasing global food security. Current activities encompass a number of national and regional local organizations to facilitate greater adoption of new technologies by farmers and benefit from close partnerships with farmer associations and agricultural extension agents. As a fast growing region with increasing challenges for smallholder farmers, Asia is a key target region for CIMMYT.


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