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.
Climate adaptation and mitigation
Reviving Nepal’s agriculture
Source: The Kathmandu Post (31 May 2023)
Mixed farming can boost food security and climate resilience. IWMI and CIMMYT are leading pilot efforts in Nepal to promote sustainable intensification of mixed farming systems (SIMFS).
Scientists breed new cereals
Source: Daily Monitor Online (29 May 2023)
CIMMYT and NaSARRI have partnered to strengthen seed systems for smallholder farmers of millet, sorghum, and groundnuts.
Chinese, Pakistani scientists collaborate in wheat molecular breeding
Source: Technology Times (24 May 2023)
CIMMYT, Pakistan’s National Agriculture Research Center, and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology have collaborated in a project to increase the capacity of breeders and technical staff to develop new high-yielding and disease-resistant wheat varieties.
Collaborative wheat revolution tackles climate challenges
Source: Technology Times (18 May 2023)
Rising temperatures, droughts, and extreme weather events affect crop yield, quality, and nutritional value. To dive into the challenges posed by climate change, scientists and farmers are collaborating to create a “Wheat Revolution.”
CIMMYT at AIM for Climate Summit
CIMMYT participates in Climate Summit with an eye towards accelerating innovations.
CIMMYT at the AIM for Climate Summit
Smart smallholder fertilizer management practices to address food security and climate change.
How to address the food insecurity driving forced migration
Source: Mexico Business News (9 May 2023)
Bram Govaerts, CIMMYT Director General, addresses the root causes of forced migrations with five adaptation measures that public and private actors can adopt to strengthen agri-food systems and protect vulnerable regions from climate shocks.
Hot, dry climates call for resilient, high-performing wheat varieties
New breeding science can fortify wheat against the onslaught of hotter weather, increasing droughts, and evolving and spreading pests and diseases.
LIPS-ZIM assists farmers to adopt productive and resilient livestock systems
Source: Sunday News (23 Apr 2023)
With intensifying climate change, farmers in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe adopt innovative methods for resilient and productive livestock as part of the Livestock Production Systems in Zimbabwe (LIPS-ZIM) project.
Global science partnership promotes climate-smart pathways to address food security and climate crisis
As rising temperatures and water scarcities threaten food production and affecting global food security and livelihoods since last century, leading research organizations have joined efforts around solutions that can also benefit climate-threatened, staple food farming in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.