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Ongoing theme - disease resistance, plant pathology, pests and related. updated to nutrition 10/12/2015

Experts analyze food systems at EAT-Lancet Commission report launch in Ethiopia

February 13, 2019

Earlier this year, the EAT-Lancet Commission published a groundbreaking report linking healthy diets and sustainable food systems. It proposed scientific targets that meet both the Sustainable Develop …


City dwellers in Africa and Asia increasingly choose wheat, research shows

January 23, 2019

The developing world’s appetite for wheat is growing swiftly, driven in part by rising incomes, rapid urbanization and the expansion of families where both spouses work outside the house, according to …


New report calls for urgent diet and food system changes to sustainably feed world

January 17, 2019

A new report by more than 30 world-leading experts in health and environmental sustainability offers a roadmap for a global food system that provides a healthy, sustainable diet for the world’s 10 bil …


Best of 2018: Editors’ picks

December 20, 2018

In 2018, our editors continued to cover exciting news and events related to maize and wheat science around the world. Altogether, we published more than 200 stories. It is impossible to capture all of …


With multi-sector support for climate-sensitive practices, African farmers can boost food security and resilience

December 14, 2018

Support for smallholder farmers to trial and select sustainable practices suited to their varying conditions is essential to build resilient farms needed to feed Africa’s soaring population, said econ …


Pakistan wheat seed makeover: More productive, resilient varieties for thousands of farmers

December 13, 2018

Munfiat, a farmer from Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, is happy to sow and share seed of the high-yielding, disease resistant Faisalabad-08 wheat variety. (Photo: CIMMYT/Ansa …


New publications: Climate change impact and adaptation for wheat protein

December 11, 2018

Globally, wheat provides around 20 percent of the calories and protein in human diets. By mid-century, crop production must increase by 60 percent to meet global food demand and help reduce hunger, a …


Q&A: Expanding CIMMYT’s research agenda on markets and business

November 21, 2018

CIMMYT economist Jason Donovan discusses the role of seed companies and food markets EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Food security is heavily dependent on seed security. Sustainable seed systems ensure th …


To feed the world, take the science to the farmer

October 25, 2018

Experts discuss agricultural research and food security at the 2018 Borlaug Dialogue DES MOINES (Iowa) — Hundreds of food and agriculture leaders from around the world gathered last week in Iowa, USA, …


Reflections on the global impact of biofortification

October 19, 2018

Over two billion people across the world suffer from hidden hunger, the consumption of a sufficient number of calories, but still lacking essential nutrients such as vitamin A, iron or zinc. This can …


2018 World Food Prize recognizes action to improve child nutrition

October 18, 2018

DES MOINES (Iowa) — As winners of the 2018 World Food Prize, Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro are being recognized today for their individual work in unifying global nutrition efforts and reducing ch …


Fighting hidden hunger from the ground up: the powerful link between soils and nutritious food

October 15, 2018

Conserving organic matter in soils improves vital nutrients in wheat, according to new study in Ethiopia. On World Food Day, CIMMYT Systems Agronomist Frédéric Baudron highlights the role of healthy s …


CIMMYT has key role to address global nutrition challenges, says maize quality specialist

October 15, 2018

Natalia Palacios, CIMMYT maize quality specialist, spearheads the center’s work to raise the nutritional value of maize-based foods. Exposure to more frequent and intense climate extremes is threateni …


International experts to convene for 13th Asian Maize Conference

September 19, 2018

International experts to convene in Ludhiana, India, to discuss the way forward to increase climate resilience and productivity of maize, and to strengthen maize-based cropping systems in Asia. A farm …


Researchers find “hotspot” regions in the wheat genome for high zinc content, new study shows

September 17, 2018

The reported work by wheat scientists paves the way for expanded use of wild grass species, such as Aegilops tauschii (also known as goat grass; pictured here) as sources of new genes for higher grain …


Towards more sustainable food systems through a landscape lens

September 7, 2018

A Maasai woman holding a baby (center) attends the plenary session of the GLF Nairobi 2018. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum) NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The latest event of the Global Landscapes Forum ( …


Humankind is falling into ecological debt. Can we get out?

August 1, 2018

A new study shows Earth Overshoot Day – the point at which the consumption of earth’s resources exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – is arriving faster. Thirty years ago, Earth Overshoot Day …


Nutritious vitamin A orange maize boosts health and livelihoods in Zimbabwe

July 25, 2018

Ashley Muzhange eats sadza with her family in rural Zimabwe. Her sadza is made with vitamin A orange maize, a variety improving the nutrition of children and families in the nation. Photo: Matthew O’L …


New Publications: Increasing food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan African maize-based food systems, a technological perspective

July 5, 2018

Two experimental lines of provitamin A-enriched orange maize, Zambia. Photo: CIMMYT. A new study from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Wageningen University examines t …


Agricultural researchers boost fight against malnutrition with staple crops

June 12, 2018

Tandoori bread (Photo: CIMMYT/Carlos Guzmán). Breeding research by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is generating not only higher-yielding maize and wheat varieties but al …