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


New equipment will speed up and enhance the accuracy of national breeding processes including seed preparation, data collection and inventory management.

Press releases

Partnership of two world-class research institutes will harness state-of-the-art technology to find solutions for wheat farmers and consumers.

In the media

Source: The Guardian (27 Apr 2021)

Matthew Reynolds talked to The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast about the process of creating climate- and heat-resistant crops.

Press releases

Over 700,000 people will benefit from the Aguas Firmes project, which will facilitate the adoption of sustainable intensification practices on more than 4,000 hectares, through a partnership with Grupo Modelo and GIZ.

In the media

Source: Reuters (15 Apr 2021)

Scientists at CIMMYT expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets.


Two-wheel tractors have replaced outdated farming tools, helping Ethiopian farmers reduce drudgery, improve productivity and increase their profits.


From biofortification to cooking techniques, a CIMMYT scientist and her team test how to make this global staple as nutritious as possible.


Alumni of CIMMYT’s historic wheat training program reflect on a powerful learning experience.


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


The results of this study will allow breeders to optimize dual purpose maize varieties to sustainably feed people and their livestock.


New manual supports informed choices for climate resilience in Zimbabwe.


Study explores whether modern maize storage structures offer equal benefits to women and men farmers in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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