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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: Global Indian (20 Jan 2023)

A distinguished scientist and Head of Global Wheat Improvement at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, Dr. Ravi Prakash Singh dedicated almost four decades towards increasing food production across the globe.

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In the Mbire and Murehwa districts of Zimbabwe, smallholder farmers are being introduced to agroecology interventions as part of a CGIAR Initiative.

In the media

Source: The Farming Forum (30 Dec 2022)

Latest progress on fall armyworm prevention and protection show signs of success for smallholders.

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Scientists research whether nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and tomato production in Nepal can be improved with better utilization of nitrogen fertilizer.

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At COP15, CIMMYT scientists highlighted the significance of DSI in conserving, exploring, and utilizing biodiversity as part of efforts to sustainably nourish the global population in a nature positive manner.

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A study on the physical disturbance of soil shows that it drives changes in soil properties and affects soil microbial activity.

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Scientists recommend alternative methods for preventing soil degradation that can contribute towards attaining food security.

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CIMMYT collaborates with the Fertilizer Association of Nepal to facilitate stakeholder dialogue and address national fertilizer shortage.

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Colleagues from across Latin America and the Caribbean gather to determine the best ways to preserve germplasm and make use of genetic resources.

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Wheat farmers in Bangladesh have participated in the design and management of research trials to determine the best wheat seed storage options for their conditions.

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Significant discoveries have been made for the potential improvement of production of groundnut in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Elite wheat lines from the work are being freely shared with partners worldwide.