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/

Nutrition, health and food security
News

Genomic-wide association study evaluated samples from Bolivia and Bangladesh for blast-resistant genes.

In the media

Source: Seed World (1 Oct 2020)

CIMMYT’s seed bank preserves the genetic diversity of maize and wheat so the crops can adapt to a changing production environment.

Nutrition, health and food security
Press releases

Researchers in Zambia confirm the arrival of this devastating fungal disease to the African continent.

Features

External review confirms the impact and achievements of the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat and its vital partnerships.

Nutrition, health and food security
Annual reports

In its seventh year, WHEAT helped farmers grow nutritious, resilient and high-yielding wheat, through cutting-edge research and 50 new CGIAR-derived varieties.

Innovations
In the media

Source: Phys.org (11 Sep 2020)

Scientists complete one of the largest genetic analyses ever done of an agricultural crop to find desirable traits in wheat’s extensive and unexplored diversity.

Nutrition, health and food security
Features

Case studies from Ethiopia and Rwanda show adaptable fertilizer rates may help tree-based smallholder farmers, thus providing them with options to cope with COVID-19-imposed fertilizer shortages.

Nutrition, health and food security
Press releases

A team of scientists has completed one of the largest genetic analyses ever done of any agricultural crop to find desirable traits in wheat’s extensive and unexplored diversity.

Capacity development
News

She will bring to CIMMYT many years of experience in wheat genetics, wheat genetic resources and wheat pre-breeding.

Innovations
Features

7 ways to make small-scale mechanization work for African farmers.

Climate adaptation and mitigation
Features

Interest in farm machinery and crop diversification spike as farmers respond to COVID-19 labor shortages.

Innovations
Features

The two-wheel tractor has proven its worth in Africa’s smallholder farms thanks to the FACASI project.

Gender equality, youth and social inclusion
Publications

New study presents a typology of women’s decision-making in wheat in India.

Innovations
Features

As the current pandemic and restrictions create labor constraints, CIMMYT experts discuss the role scale-appropriate farm machinery can play in addressing them.

Innovations
News

New testing and learning platform aims to build the knowledge base for trust and transparency technologies in food systems.