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The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT, is a non-profit research and training organization with more than 400 partners in over 100 countries.fdsf

Our vision is for a world with healthier and more prosperous people – free from global food crises – and more resilient agri-food systems.

Maize and wheat feed the world

Maize and wheat science for improved livelihoods

Together, these two crops sustain billions of people worldwide, and the systems within which they grow cover 400 million hectares of land. That’s approximately 25 percent of total land under cultivation. Maize and wheat generate nearly $50 billion in trade each year.

By improving maize and wheat systems, CIMMYT helps to tackle global challenges including food and nutritional insecurity, environmental degradation, economic development, population growth and climate change.

Science for improved livelihoods

For over 50 years, we’ve been using science to make a difference, helping tens of millions of farmers grow more nutritious, resilient and productive crops, using methods that nourish the environment and combat climate change. Read our history. With 1500 staff in over 50 countries, and projects in 40 countries, CIMMYT collaborates with hundreds of partners, and is part of the global network of CGIAR research centers, delivering science for a food-secure future.

We deliver real-world impacts

CIMMYT believes in a systems approach to tackle large-scale problems. This means using science to address challenges in the wider agri-food system. Developing countries have received the greatest benefits from CIMMYT’s improved varieties and agricultural technologies. 90 percent of our work relates to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Our Annual Reports describe our most recent innovations and achievements.

Future-proof seeds: 50 percent of maize and wheat in the developing world is based on CIMMYT varieties, which perform better despite droughts, pests and diseases; produce safer and more nutritious food; and require fewer pesticides. Our global seed distribution network provides 80 percent of the world’s germplasm.

Improved technologies and techniques help farmers.

Improved farming technologies and practices help farmers tackle challenges like soil fertility and irrigation, while increasing yields and cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions. For example, in South Asia, the award-winning Nutrient Expert® tool and app has helped farmers apply the right amount of fertilizer at the right time, improving yields and saving farmers money.

Meaningful change for farmers: Through large-scale, gender-inclusive training, hundreds of thousands of agricultural experts and farmers have learned to use tools, techniques and new varieties. That’s 50,000 days of training given each year. Women’s decision-making power has increased through participation in training and field days.

Return on investment: CIMMYT’s efforts generate $3.5-4 billion USD each year in terms of increased maize and wheat output.

The future

Continuing our sharp focus on agri-food systems, CIMMYT will work to achieve the following by 2022:

  • Breed new maize varieties and hybrids to replace old ones
  • Contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gases
  • Develop more nutritious biofortified maize and wheat
  • More public-private partnerships
  • Increase capacity building and training
  • Apply modern biotechnology techniques

Our funders

We acknowledge the generous support of our funders, who sustain CIMMYT’s efforts and innovations.