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CIMMYT annual report 2016: Maize and wheat for future climates

July 5, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT: Annual Report 2016 from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), packed with insights into research aimed at helping smallholder farmers sustainably grow higher yielding crops.

In 2016, CIMMYT celebrated 50 years of applying excellence in maize and wheat science to improve the livelihoods of the disadvantaged.

Droughts and rising heat, destructive new pests and crop diseases, and poverty and political instability continue to threaten global and regional food supplies and nutrition.

With the commitment and continuous support of dedicated staff, partners and donors, we can address challenges to help provide a food- and nutrition-secure future for all.

Highlights include:

  • Faster maize and wheat breeding to equip farmers with insect and pathogen resistant varieties for dryer, hotter climates
  • Scientists promote the nutritional benefits of wheat, a vital staple crop.
  • New partnerships, including the joint launch of a new maize and wheat research center with Henan Agricultural University in China.
  • Dramatically expanded maize seed markets for Mexican farmers.
  • Use of zero tillage and other sustainable agriculture practices in southern Africa and South Asia.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WHERE: www.cimmyt.org/2016annualreport/

FURTHER INFORMATION

In-person and remote interviews available

Genevieve Renard

CIMMYT Head of Communications

g.renard@cgiar.org

@genevrenard

or

Julie Mollins

CIMMYT News Editor and Media Manager

j.mollins@cgiar.org

@jmollins

About CIMMYT – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. Headquartered near Mexico City, CIMMYT works with hundreds of partners throughout the developing world to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems, thus improving global food security and reducing poverty. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat and the Excellence in Breeding Platform. The center receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.


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