Environmental health and biodiversity

Background image for CIMMYT
  1. Home >
  2. Impact news >
  3. Environmental health and biodiversity

The world needs better management of water, soil, nutrients, and biodiversity in crop, livestock, and fisheries systems, coupled with higher-order landscape considerations as well as circular economy and agroecological approaches.

CIMMYT and CGIAR use modern digital tools to bring together state-of-the-art Earth system observation and big data analysis to inform co-design of global solutions and national policies.

Our maize and wheat genebanks preserve the legacy of biodiversity, while breeders and researchers look at ways to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture.

Ultimately, our work helps stay within planetary boundaries and limit water use, nutrient use, pollution, undesirable land use change, and biodiversity loss.

Cover photo: Forests in the land of the Ese’eja Native Community of Infierno, in Peru’s Madre de Dios department. (Photo: Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR)

In the media

Source: Seek Research Magazine ()

CIMMYT collaborates with Jared Crain, former director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics.

In the media

Source: Cirad (1 Nov 2023)

CIMMYT studying sustainable strategies and soil carbon stocks.


A decade of maize impact, celebrating 10 years of success with CIMMYT’s maize DH and MLN screening facilities.

In the media

Source: The Free Library (22 Nov 2023)

The LIPS-ZIM program to enhance livestock productivity and control diseases affecting smallholder farmers.

News Publications

Scientists revealed a vast diversity in the genetic resources of sorghum and provided a pathway for selecting promising genotypes for regions prone to drought in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the media

Source: CITE (3 Nov 2023)

CIMMYT collaborates to enhance disease control for livestock, assisting smallholder farmers.

In the media

Source: Ukr Agroconsult (1 Nov 2023)

Press releases

GRP and CIMMYT signed up cooperation framework at Borlaug Dialogue organized by the World Food Prize Foundation.

In the media

Source: Life Technology (30 Oct 2023)

AGREE, created by UC Davis and CIMMYT, helps analyze emissions from diverse agricultural activities.

In the media

Source: Kisan of India (17 Oct 2023)

Research from IISER Bhopal, CIMMYT and the University of Michigan calls for urgent action and highlights the potential of technology to reduce emissions and promote sustainable agriculture.