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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.


CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees were impressed with MasAgro’s outcomes in Mexico and its potential for replication in Africa.


CIMMYT’s experimental station in Obregón is a mecca for wheat research and breeding, where scientists have access to state-of-the-art field facilities and an ideal location.


New manual helps standardize field trial data collection across Afghanistan.


The developments will create capacity for national and international research and improve processes for disease screening in wheat.


CIMMYT and its partners provide training on hybrid maize seeds to value chain actors from South Asia.


A renewed three-and-a-half-year commitment in India to strengthen gains made in mainstreaming innovations and agri-extension research in national systems, with emphasis on institutionalizing research delivery systems and cross-learning opportunities.


Discover how CIMMYT scientists support getting new improved seeds to farmers fields, faster.


Farmers in Ethiopia’s lowlands trialed usage of the Kingbird wheat variety, with promising results for improved yield and increased income.


Agricultural businesses are investing in maize to reduce Nepal’s reliance on imports of the crop and to improve the experiences of farmers.


Value chain stakeholders united to review the status of durum wheat production and marketing in Ethiopia and the prospective role of digital agricultural services.


Collaborative field evaluations reveal promising results for sub-Saharan Africa’s low input maize farming systems and commercial seed production.


Reeves has been appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to sustainable agriculture research and production.