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.

Research Themes


AGG partners meet to launch regional networks for eastern and southern Africa and assess capacity development needs.

In the media

Source: The Third Pole (25 Nov 2020)

Once a world leading lentil producer, Nepal is now having to import them as farmers struggle with low productivity and warmer, wetter weather.


New research establishes three new definitions for targeting wheat varieties in India and validates effectiveness of testing in Obregon, Mexico.


Small-mechanization pilot initiative signs up 15 service providers to boost incomes and resilience through a lease-to-own business model in Masvingo, Zimbabwe.


Need for continuous testing and application of new breeding methods to deliver resilient seed varieties at a faster rate is more important now than ever before.


Philip Pardey discusses the importance of collaboration between national research systems and CGIAR, and why investment in agricultural research and development is needed now more than ever.


Ethiopia-based project manager finds inspiration in supporting programs and colleagues across Africa.

Press releases

CIMMYT contributes to sequencing genomes of 15 wheat varieties around the world.


Study explores how gender norms and intra-household dynamics shape women’s demand articulation for labor-saving technologies.


Study quantifies the economic losses from Bangladesh’s COVID-19 lockdowns and outlines policy implications for the country.

Food security

A new quantitative genetics study makes a strong case for the yield testing strategies CIMMYT uses in its wheat breeding program.

Gender and social inclusion

Income-generating benefits of improved maize varieties hampered by patriarchal gender norms in rural Nigeria.

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