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Our strategy

Maize and wheat science for improved livelihoods

Vision: CIMMYT contributes to the development of a world with healthier and more prosperous people — free from the threat of global food crises — and with more resilient agri-food systems.

The CIMMYT strategic plan 2017-2022 sets out an integrated approach of excellent science for impact, carried out by partnerships with strong emphasis on capacity building to fulfill CIMMYT’s mission to improve livelihoods through maize and wheat science. Central to this approach is our integrating philosophy “ONE CIMMYT”, which ensures that we work towards a shared mission and vision.

Strategic goals

CIMMYT’s strategic plan provides the direction to deliver on our mission and contribute strongly to the wider development agenda. Key strategic goals:

  • Increasing research impact
  • Accelerating genetic gains through novel diversity and tools
  • Developing and improving access to stress-tolerant varieties
  • Sustainable intensification for improved livelihoods
  • Enhancing nutrition and processing quality

It also marks a shift in our focus from commodity-based research to an integrated approach centering on agri-food systems – a change that we believe is critical for working more effectively to strengthen food security, reduce poverty and enhance human nutrition.

Beyond CIMMYT’s “core research,” this strategic plan assigns higher priority to:

  • Reducing malnutrition
  • Empowering female farmers
  • Sharing knowledge with partners and farmers

Our strategy will ensure that CIMMYT delivers on the CGIAR 2030 Strategic Goals of reduced poverty, improved food and nutrition security for health, and improved natural research systems and ecosystems services, while contributing to 10 of the 17 SDGs.

CIMMYT and the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for a global partnership based on solidarity, cooperation and mutual accountability to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and deliver on the promise of sustainable development.

As the foremost research-for-development organization targeting maize and wheat farming systems, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) reaffirms its contribution to this partnership with its Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

Building on the legacy of our founders

In a changing development landscape, the goal is to enable our staff to continue the work started by the founders of CIMMYT more than 50 years ago: giving poor farmers access to the varieties, tools, information and resources they need to produce food for their families and consumers around the world.

Read the full CIMMYT Strategy (PDF)