In the media
Fertilizer scarcity may hamper crop cycle, cautions scientist
Source: The Hindu (2 Sep 2022)
Food systems are under pressure due to climate change, COVID-19 and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, which is highlighting the need for more resilient global systems.
Fragile global food system calls for a collaborative approach
Source: The Tribune India (2 Sep 2022)
Bram Govaerts, CIMMYT Director General, calls for greater collaboration to address global food security challenges.
CM holds parleys with experts of BISA to give major push to crop diversification in the state
Source: Face2News (3 Sep 2022)
Opportunities for crop diversification and improved water usage are key topics between Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and CIMMYT Director General Bram Govaerts at a recent meeting in India.
Addressing the Global Food Crisis: CIMMYT Experts Weigh In
Source: Wilson Center (29 Jul 2022)
On the episode, ECSP Director Lauren Risi and ECSP Advisor Sharon Burke speak with Bram Govaerts, Director General of CIMMYT and his colleague Kai Sonder, head of CIMMYT’s Geographic Information System Unit, about how to address the unfolding food crisis as we simultaneously build food system resilience in the medium and long term.
Fighting back against Ug99 wheat stem rust
Source: Corteva (10 Aug 2022)
Genetic analysis plays a vital role in tackling crop diseases such as wheat stem rust, which can be financially devastating for farmers.
Worsening food insecurity calls for stress-tolerant seeds
Source: The Kathmandu Post (6 Aug 2022)
Climate-resilient seeds can help sustain Nepal’s agricultural productivity and crop development, experts say.
China to build international agricultural breeding center in Hainan
Source: Xinhua News (14 Jul 2022)
A letter of cooperation has been signed in China to signal the start of a new partnership aiming to meet the global challenge of climate change and ensure food security.
CRISPR, 10 years on: Learning to rewrite the code of life
Source: The New York Times (27 Jun 2022)
Kevin Pixley, Director Genetic Resources Program and Deputy Director General Research – Breeding & Genetics (a.i.) at CIMMYT, quoted in a New York Times article about genome-editing technologies.
The race against time to breed a wheat to survive the climate crisis
Source: The Guardian (12 Jun 2022)
CIMMYT scientists are using the biodiversity of forgotten wheat varieties from across the world to find those with heat- and drought-tolerant traits.
A new seed policy ushers in a new era of hybrid seed business in Nepal
Source: Agrilinks (26 Apr 2022)
A change in policy by the Nepalese government in February 2022 opens up space for private seed companies to be involved in seed variety development, evaluation and distribution to farmers.
Our food system isn’t ready for the climate crisis
Source: The Guardian (14 Apr 2022)
“We’ll never get back all the diversity we had before, but the diversity we need is out there,” says Matthew Reynolds, head of wheat physiology at CIMMYT.
Seed banks: the last line of defense against a threatening global food crisis
Source: The Guardian (15 Apr 2022)
As climate breakdown and worldwide conflict continue to place the food system at risk, seed banks from the Arctic to Lebanon try to safeguard biodiversity.
Multiple breadbasket failures: Nations must address looming food emergencies
Source: The Boston Globe (28 Mar 2022)
The war in Ukraine, coupled with weather-related disruptions in the world’s major grain-producing regions, could unleash unbearable humanitarian consequences, civil unrest, and major financial losses worldwide, says Bram Govaerts.
Broken bread — avert global wheat crisis caused by invasion of Ukraine
Source: Nature (22 Mar 2022)
War highlights the fragility of the global food supply — sustained investment is needed to feed the world in a changing climate, Alison Bentley explains.
Food Is Just as Vital as Oil to National Security
Source: Bloomberg (7 Mar 2022)
A new Bloomberg op-ed urges nations to steer more money to organizations like CIMMYT that are advancing crucial research on how to grow more resilient wheat and maize crops in regions that are becoming steadily less arable.