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.


The journey of a seed

The journey of a seed
The lifeblood of CIMMYT’s research and partnerships, millions of seeds are on the move. As they arrive, depart, and are shared, the seeds also undergo rigorous health testing, are grown out at research stations, and are stored in frigid germplasm bank vaults.

Ancient maize landraces please modern palates and profit smallholder farmers

Mexican smallholder farmers are profiting from native maize dishes served in exclusive Mexican and U.S. restaurants, as endangered maize landraces are being preserved and improved.

Maize and wheat farming enter the age of shifting markets

Maize and wheat farming enter the age of shifting markets
After alarm bells sounded due to rising food prices in early 2014, the world and particularly poor consumers, who spend much of their income simply to eat, were relieved by a sharp downturn in global food prices over the rest of the year, partly from strong maize and wheat harvests in regions where CIMMYT and its partners work.

German investment in CIMMYT helps secure the world’s most important maize and wheat collections

German investment in CIMMYT helps secure the world’s most important maize and wheat collections

Victor Elbling, German Ambassador to Mexico, inaugurated today a solar panel infrastructure worth 750,000 Euros at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. The panels generate over 34,000 kWh per month and help secure CIMMYT’s invaluable maize and wheat genetic resources collections for the benefit of humankind.

From the Eye in the Sky to the Cell Phone in the Field: Technologies for All

From the Eye in the Sky to the Cell Phone in the Field: Technologies for All
For many farmers in the developing world, cell phones are the most accessible form of technology, but are only one of many technologies changing agriculture. Innovations such as the plough, irrigation and fertilizer have shaped the history of humankind. Today, technologies continue to play an essential role in agricultural production and impact the life of farmers’ everywhere.
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