The nature of agricultural research requires a collaborative approach to addressing complex challenges such as trans-boundary disease and pests. From the impact of Ug99 on wheat to large-scale outbreaks of maize diseases, global large-scale projects are crucial to the objective of poverty alleviation and reducing hunger.
Through the generous support of the Government of Mexico, CIMMYT has initiated the Seeds of Discovery Project. The initiative endeavors to genotype CIMMYT's collection of seeds to identify key sources of genetic diversity for resistance to diseases, pests, and traits which are best suited to varied environments.
A webinar on Strengthening and Enhancing Seed Systems to Better Manage Agricultural Risk, was presented by Dr Jill Cairns, Crop Physiologist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The CIMMYT community celebrates the illustrious life and mourns the passing on 11 December of Wilfred M. Mwangi, distinguished Kenyan scholar, statesman and researcher who dedicated his career to improving the food security and livelihoods of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa
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.