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.
Maize and wheat seeds from all over the world are preserved at the CIMMYT genebank, used to bring new varieties to farmers, and backed up at the Global Seed Vault.
New project to deliver wheat disease warnings directly to farmers’ phones in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Source: The Hindu Business Line (17 Apr 2020)
New study in India reports conservation agriculture increases crop yield and income, reduces the use of natural resources, and offers climate benefits.
New analysis shows benefits of conservation agriculture to crop performance, water efficiency and climate action in South Asia.
Through new project, tools and insurance services will help small farmers in eastern Africa reduce investment risks and losses related to climate.
Source: The Wire (14 Apr 2020)
Biodiversity loss creates new opportunities for pathogens to move from one species to another.
At demonstration farms, Kenyan farmers discover the stress-tolerant maize varieties they were looking for.
Climate change will see pests moving countries and continents as conditions become more favorable.
Breeders are developing wheat varieties that have stable grain yield under low-water and high-temperature conditions.
Source: SciDev.Net (12 Mar 2020)
Agricultural science offers solutions to deal with consequences of extreme weather.
Source: EuroNews (2 Mar 2020)
Rising temperatures pose risk for agriculture in Europe — but adaptation is under way with the help of climate data.
Although farmers have been battling pests and diseases since the dawn of agriculture, experts warn that climate change could accelerate or expand their spread.