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CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT

WHEAT is part of an international, collaborative effort to raise the productivity of wheat farming systems, address the global threat of climate change, stem rust disease and help wheat farmers in developing countries grow their crops in warmer conditions with less water and less fertilizer.

Research is conducted through a portfolio of CRPs that address the most pressing agricultural research-for-development challenges. With the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) as its main CGIAR partner, WHEAT works to increase wheat production for the 2.5 billion poor consumers for whom the crop is a staple food. The program brings together more than 200 research and development partners and allocates funds to non-CGIAR researchers to fill WHEAT research gaps and capture innovative ideas.

Five flagship projects (FP) address the major challenges to food security, improved livelihoods for farmers and sustainable development relating to wheat cropping systems. All WHEAT research and projects fit into and further measure progress on one or more of FPs.

FP 1: Maximizing value for money and social inclusivity through prioritization of “Wheat” research for development (R4D) investments.

FP 2: Novel diversity to faster adapt wheat to climate change and resource constraints: Enhanced heat and drought tolerance.

FP 3: Global partnership to accelerate genetic gain in farmers’ field:  Productive wheat varieties.

FP 4: Sustainable intensification of wheat-based cropping systems Sustainable wheat-based systems.

FP 5: Human and institutional capacities for seed systems and scaling-out: Strengthening capacities

IN BRIEF

Objectives
  • Meet increasing demands for food
  • Stabilize food prices at affordable levels for poor consumers
  • Farming systems are more sustainable and resilient, despite changing climates, and irrigation and fertilizer are applied precisely when and in the amounts needed
  • Increased production in developing countries is achieved mainly through higher yields, lessening the pressure on forests and hill slopes, encouraging diversification and reducing competition for space with other crops
  • Poverty and malnutrition are reduced for wheat consumers – especially women and children – through profitable and environmentally-friendly farming approaches
  • Disadvantaged farmers and countries gain better access to cutting-edge technologies through innovative partnerships with advanced research institutions and the private sector
  • A new generation of scientists and other professionals guides national agricultural research in the developing world; they work in partnership with the CGIAR, the private sector, policy makers and other stakeholders to provide farmers with the tools and support to produce and progress

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