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Capacity development

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.


Educator and researcher trains partners from around the world in CIMMYT’s unique wheat improvement course.


New equipment will speed up and enhance the accuracy of national breeding processes including seed preparation, data collection and inventory management.


Two-wheel tractors have replaced outdated farming tools, helping Ethiopian farmers reduce drudgery, improve productivity and increase their profits.


Alumni of CIMMYT’s historic wheat training program reflect on a powerful learning experience.


In India’s state of Odisha, maize farming is lifting up the socioeconomic status of women.


Molecular breeding experts learn about state-of-the-art data analysis and visualization tools at Wheat Initiative workshops.


The head of the Maize Germplasm Bank, who retired in September, modernized the bank’s data curation and promoted outreach to maize landrace farming communities in the Americas.


The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is the highest honor conferred by the Government of India to non-resident Indians.


CSISA initiatives support smallholder farmers in India to become successful entrepreneurs.


New manual supports informed choices for climate resilience in Zimbabwe.


National breeding programs prepped to measure – and boost – genetic gains.


Longtime CIMMYT collaborator Ruth Wanyera nears retirement from an honorable and decorated career in wheat research.