CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (WHEAT)

Joining advanced science with field-level research and extension in lower- and middle-income countries, the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (WHEAT) works with public and private organizations worldwide to raise the productivity, production and affordable availability of wheat for 2.5 billion resource-poor producers and consumers who depend on the crop as a staple food.

WHEAT is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) as a primary research partner.

Funding for WHEAT comes from CGIAR and national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies, in particular the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

https://wheat.org/

Innovation and technology
Publications

Researchers discuss how phenotyping can assist breeding and make the case for investing in new methodologies.

Food security
News

New blog published by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs argues that balancing food security, rural livelihoods, water for agriculture and air quality need not be a zero-sum game.

Climate change
Videos

Breeders are developing wheat varieties that have stable grain yield under low-water and high-temperature conditions.

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Experts note that policies alone are not enough — they need to go hand in hand with strong initiatives to make agriculture a safer, more equal and respectful space for both women and men.

Gender and social inclusion
Blogs

Is it up to the village men? Or women, too?

Innovation and technology
Infographics

Modern phenotyping tools are crucial for crop improvement and breeders can profit much more from them.

Health and nutrition
Blogs

How can we feed more people while protecting nature and biodiversity?

Food security
Press releases

New research recommends targeted assistance and engagement with small farmers in rural Guatemala to improve livelihoods and reduce migration pressures.

Food security
Videos

Growing the right wheat varieties is necessary to nutritiously feed a growing population in the context of environmental stress.

Food security
Press releases

China-based CIMMYT-JAAS screening station aims for global impact in the fight against deadly Fusarium head blight.

Capacity development
Features

CIMMYT wheat scientist explores new sources of rust resistance to create new rust-resistant wheat varieties.

Innovation and technology
Publications

Researchers demonstrate that CIMMYT’s durum wheat lines can be grown, bred, and selected under zero tillage or conventional tillage conditions without negatively affecting yield.

Innovation and technology
News

International symposium in New Delhi serves to discuss new technologies and management approaches.

Food security
Explainers

Wheat blast is one of the most fearsome and intractable wheat diseases in recent decades. It spreads through infected seeds, crop residues as well as by spores that can travel long distances in the air, posing a major threat to wheat production in tropical areas.

Climate change
Features

Science offers opportunity to curb greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture and meet climate goals.