COVID-19 update

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is responding to the threat of COVID-19 and taking measures to ensure all our staff worldwide stays safe and healthy. We continue to perform field and desk research, to the extent allowed by this new situation, and we continue to share our progress and findings.

At times like this, we step back and focus on our vision: a world with healthier and more prosperous people — free from the threat of global food crises — and with more resilient agri-food systems.

We would not be able to pursue this vision without your support. We look forward to continuing our collaboration.

As specified in the Code of Conduct, CIMMYT prohibits intimidation, harassment or discrimination based on an individual’s characteristics, which includes people affected by COVID-19.

Areas of expertise


Researchers hypothesized that many wild wheat accessions in genebanks feature useful traits that can help diversify breeding programs.

In the media

Source: The Washington Post (22 Nov 2021)

Harvard Professor Gabriela Soto Laveaga stresses the importance of tackling hunger as more than a technical problem to be addressed through scientific advancement alone, praising CGIAR for its community-centered approach to food systems amid the climate crisis.

In the media

Source: New Age (21 Nov 2021)

CIMMYT-Bangladesh country representative Timothy J. Krupnik was the guest of honor at a workshop organized by Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute on fall armyworm management.

In the media

Source: Daily Times (21 Nov 2021)

At COP26, Special Assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Climate Change said that a transboundary dialogue on mitigating air pollution was imperative to resolve Lahore’s smog.


Researchers listed among world’s most influential scholars, based on citations.

In the media

Source: The Times of India (13 Nov 2021)

ML Jat speaks with The Times of India about the work of CIMMYT and its partners on diversification and carbon credits—two futuristic ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in India.


Researchers explore how coupling automation with drip irrigation can enhance water use efficiency and productivity, especially in South Asia’s cereal-based systems.

In the media

Source: World Grain (11 Nov 2021)

Ravi Singh, head of global wheat improvement at CIMMYT, received the 2021 Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.


New study projects food demand in 2030 and considers the implications for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.


National value chain study presents an overview of the country’s maize, wheat and rice harvesting equipment, from manufacturing and imports to farm-level service provision.


Don’t discount the contribution cereals can make to combatting micronutrient malnutrition, say researchers.


CIMMYT researchers outline the potential opportunities and key challenges of doubled haploid line development in maize.

Upcoming Events

  1. Basic Wheat Improvement Course 2022

    January 31, 2022 @ 8:00 am - May 27, 2022 @ 10:00 am CST