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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.


Sustainable agri-food systems lead to better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all.

In the media

Source: Grain Central (13 Oct 2021)

Alison Bentley spoke with Grain Central about CIMMYT’s breeding strategy and the use of CIMMYT germplasm in the Australian wheat-growing industry.


Review proposes ways to accelerate climate resilience of staple crops, by integrating proven breeding methods with cutting-edge technologies.

In the media

Source: The Guardian Nigeria (10 Oct 2021)

Nigeria’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has approved the commercialization of TELA Maize seeds—a drought-tolerant and insect-protected variety aimed at enhancing food security in sub-Saharan Africa.


A new initiative will monitor groundwater and will provide a framework for sustainable irrigation practices.

In the media

Source: (3 Sep 2021)

An international collaboration has discovered a biological nitrification inhibition trait that, when transferred to growing wheat varieties, can reduce the use of fertilizers and boost yields.

Press releases

Scientists used a wild grass trait that inhibits soil microbes from producing environmentally-harmful nitrogen compounds. Widespread use of the new technology could lower global use of fertilizers for wheat crops.

In the media

Source: Mashable (13 Aug 2021)

Matthew Reynolds talked to Mashable about the importance of developing drought-resistant crops through breeding programs to protect future wheat supplies.


New CIMMYT Brochure highlights value of maize and wheat science to battle rising undernourishment.


Understanding the relationship between climate change and plant health is key to conserving biodiversity and boosting food production today and for future generations.


Working towards resilience, renewal and transition in our agri-food systems.