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Climate adaptation and mitigation

Climate change threatens to reduce global crop production, and poor people in tropical environments will be hit the hardest. More than 90% of CIMMYT’s work relates to climate change, helping farmers adapt to shocks while producing more food, and reduce emissions where possible. Innovations include new maize and wheat varieties that withstand drought, heat and pests; conservation agriculture; farming methods that save water and reduce the need for fertilizer; climate information services; and index-based insurance for farmers whose crops are damaged by bad weather. CIMMYT is an important contributor to the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.


Urgent action is required to mitigate effects of temperature extremes in South Asia, which threaten wheat production and human health.


The new AgriLAC Resiliente Initiative will increase resilience, ecosystem services and the competitiveness of agrifood innovation systems in the region.


The Ukama Ustawi Initiative will help millions of vulnerable smallholders in 12 countries transition from maize-mixed systems to sustainably intensified, diversified, and de-risked agrifood systems.


Local authorities praised Head of Global Wheat Improvement Ravi Singh for his contribution to the state’s agricultural development.


The new HAFIZ project will increase access to mechanization and promote conservation agriculture practices.


Documentary features CIMMYT and Alliance scientists contributing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.


At lectures at Cornell University, CIMMYT director general calls for quick united action to avert the unfolding food security crisis.


Study describing development of wheat with biological nitrogen inhibition ability from wild relative receives award for outstanding papers published in PNAS.

Press releases

Researchers will source useful gene variations from CGIAR genebanks to develop climate-smart crops.


Over millennia, natural selection and humans have systematically adapted the plant species that provide food and other vital products, changing their physical and genetic makeup for enhanced productivity, nutrition and resilience. Plant breeders apply science to continue improving crop varieties, making them more productive and better adapted to climate extremes, insects, drought and diseases.


Projects will focus on developing new breeding technologies, screening tools and novel traits to improve wheat in the face of heat and drought.


Sanjaya Rajaram, former CIMMYT Wheat Program Director, has been recognized with the Padma Bhushan Award for his contributions to wheat improvement worldwide.