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

Press releases

The leading multinational food and beverage company will source wheat produced sustainably in the Bajío region of Mexico from farmers who participate in CIMMYT’s research and capacity building networks.


Successful establishment of an agricultural machinery workshop in Meki signals a boost for private sector-driven mechanization in Ethiopia.


Researchers found that prediction performance was highest using a multi-trait model.


Meeting highlights new varieties, production growth and strengthened collaboration through Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat (AGG) project.


Researchers study the design, delivery and use of digital decision-support tools for smallholder maize farmers in northern Nigeria.

In the media

Source: SBS Punjabi (8 Sep 2021)

The Indian researcher leads CIMMYT’s environmental analytics work in South Asia, where he addresses the region’s productivity and sustainability challenges in cereal systems.


A new initiative will monitor groundwater and will provide a framework for sustainable irrigation practices.

In the media

Source: (3 Sep 2021)

An international collaboration has discovered a biological nitrification inhibition trait that, when transferred to growing wheat varieties, can reduce the use of fertilizers and boost yields.


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


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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Advanced Wheat Improvement Course 2021 — Remote

    August 2 - October 1
  2. Early Career Maize Breeding Online Course

    September 3 - September 26
  3. Wheat to eat: accelerating plant breeding to address global food & nutrition security

    September 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CDT
  4. 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress

    November 15 - November 18
  5. Basic Wheat Improvement Course 2022

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