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).
Genomic-wide association study evaluated samples from Bolivia and Bangladesh for blast-resistant genes.
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.
Researchers in Zambia confirm the arrival of this devastating fungal disease to the African continent.
External review confirms the impact and achievements of the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat and its vital partnerships.
In its seventh year, WHEAT helped farmers grow nutritious, resilient and high-yielding wheat, through cutting-edge research and 50 new CGIAR-derived varieties.
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.
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.
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.
She will bring to CIMMYT many years of experience in wheat genetics, wheat genetic resources and wheat pre-breeding.
7 ways to make small-scale mechanization work for African farmers.
Interest in farm machinery and crop diversification spike as farmers respond to COVID-19 labor shortages.
The two-wheel tractor has proven its worth in Africa’s smallholder farms thanks to the FACASI project.
New study presents a typology of women’s decision-making in wheat in India.
As the current pandemic and restrictions create labor constraints, CIMMYT experts discuss the role scale-appropriate farm machinery can play in addressing them.
New testing and learning platform aims to build the knowledge base for trust and transparency technologies in food systems.