CIMMYT has several offices in the Americas, including global headquarters in Mexico and a regional office in Colombia. Activities are supported by an additional 140 hectares of stations in diverse agro-ecological zones of Mexico. CIMMYT’s genebank in Mexico stores 27,000 maize and 170,000 wheat seed collections – key to preserving the crop genetic diversity of the region. CIMMYT projects range from developing nutritionally enhanced maize to mapping regional climate change hot spots in Central America. The comprehensive MasAgro project aims to increase wheat production in Mexico by 9 million tons and maize production by 350,000 tons by 2030. CIMMYT promotes regional collaboration and facilitates capacity building for scientists, researchers and technicians.
As processed food products gain popularity in Mexico City, researchers are keen to understand variation in access to healthier maize- and wheat-based foods across differences in purchasing power.
A group from Chiapas gets frameworks and tools to make innovations sustainable.
Transition to sustainable farming using concepts from ancestral food production systems leads to healthier soils and diets in Mexico.
New varieties deliver essential micronutrients to those who lack diverse diets.
CIMMYT’s mechanization team is in a quest to build the perfect machine for each farmer.
Scientists track down the families in Morelos, Mexico, who donated maize landraces to CIMMYT in 1966-67. Would they still be cultivating them?
Cynthia Carmona on her transition from grant management in Mexico to project management in Nepal.
Source: La Repubblica (2 May 2019)
Researchers from CIMMYT, the University of Wageningen and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna published a tracing study on abandonment of maize landraces over the last 50 years in Morelos.
Source: Chicago Tribune (22 Apr 2019)
Three million subsistence farmers producing heirloom corn in Mexico are protecting biodiversity.
Source: Food Processing (16 Apr 2019)
Australian farmers to benefit from CIMMYT high-yielding, white-grained wheat.