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Every year, CIMMYT trains tens of thousands of farmers, scientists, and technicians on techniques and practices for food security, nutrition, health and resource conservation. In contrast to formal academic training in plant breeding and agronomy, CIMMYT training activities are hands-on and highly specialized. Topics include practices to preserve maize and wheat genetic diversity; biological pest management; climate change adaptation and safer food processing. Trainees from Africa, Asia and Latin America benefit from the data assembled and handled in a global research program. Alumni of CIMMYT courses often become a significant force for agricultural change in their countries.


Health diet seed kits are enhancing food and nutrition security in Zanzibar.

In the media

Source: The Free Library (22 Nov 2023)

The LIPS-ZIM program to enhance livestock productivity and control diseases affecting smallholder farmers.

News Publications

Scientists revealed a vast diversity in the genetic resources of sorghum and provided a pathway for selecting promising genotypes for regions prone to drought in sub-Saharan Africa.


AVISA Farmers’ Hub initiative aims to empower local farmers, enhancing food security and agricultural development in North Central Nigeria.

In the media

Source: The Horn (14 Nov 2023)

CIMMYT scientist, Kindie Tesfaye highlights the role of user-centric climate information services and advisories in empowering farmers.


Teams from Queensland DAF, Agriculture Victoria and others joined B.M. Prasanna, CIMMYT’s Maize Program Director, to discuss fall armyworm management and explore future collaboration on plant health.


Training workshop for Zimbabwean mechanics guarantees efficient machinery service under USAID-funded Mechanization Activity.

In the media

Source: Life Technology (30 Oct 2023)

AGREE, created by UC Davis and CIMMYT, helps analyze emissions from diverse agricultural activities.


Soil fertility management and improved practices for rice production were emphasized with technicians who work directly with farmers to raise yields, income, and household-level food and nutrition security.