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


CIMMYT’s collaboration with scientists in Kazakhstan finds a new, promising source of genetic resistance to tan spot, a damaging wheat disease.


New CIMMYT Brochure highlights value of maize and wheat science to battle rising undernourishment.


Understanding the relationship between climate change and plant health is key to conserving biodiversity and boosting food production today and for future generations.


CIMMYT’s MasAgro project acknowledged for promoting sustainable agriculture in new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Annual reports

For nearly a decade, the CGIAR Research Program on Maize has contributed to resilient, equitable and socially inclusive maize agri-food systems. 2020 proved this work to be more necessary than ever.

Annual reports

WHEAT supported the release of 63 CGIAR-derived high-yielding and climate-resilient wheat varieties in 2020, boosting farmer resilience and income throughout the wheat-growing world.

Press releases

New leadership will continue to build on scientific excellence on maize and wheat research.


CIMMYT and its partners worldwide continue to work on this complex challenge, so millions of smallholder farmers can protect their crops and feed their families.


New CIMMYT Brochure highlights value of maize and wheat science to battle rising undernourishment.


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. Advanced Wheat Improvement Course 2021 — Remote

    August 2 - October 1
  2. 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress

    November 15 - November 18