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As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories in the diets of people living in developing countries, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. CIMMYT scientists tackle food insecurity through improved nutrient-rich, high-yielding varieties and sustainable agronomic practices, ensuring that those who most depend on agriculture have enough to make a living and feed their families. The U.N. projects that the global population will increase to more than 9 billion people by 2050, which means that the successes and failures of wheat and maize farmers will continue to have a crucial impact on food security. Findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which show heat waves could occur more often and mean global surface temperatures could rise by up to 5 degrees Celsius throughout the century, indicate that increasing yield alone will be insufficient to meet future demand for food.

 

Food security
News

Good weed management, conservation agriculture, and use of manure and compost are recommended to help control fall armyworm in Africa.

Climate change
Press releases

New partnership will help farmers in Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania have better access to seeds that help maize crops better withstand growing challenges of drought, pests, diseases, and climate change.

Climate change
Press releases

Government support vital for deploying climate-resilient seeds and practices, say agriculture experts

Food security
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Villalobos recognized the immense work ahead, but was optimistic that young scientists could carry on the legacy of Norman Borlaug.

Food security
In the media

Source: Popular Science (8 Apr 2019)

CIMMYT wheat breeder Karim Ammar and collaborators are sequencing different strains of durum wheat to compare properties.

Food security
In the media

Source: Phys.org (27 Mar 2019)

Gemma Molero, wheat physiologist at CIMMYT, collaborated on a paper that presents a valuable step forward in increasing wheat yield potential.

Food security
News

China’s vice minister of agriculture and rural affairs, Qu Dongyu, visited the global headquarters of CIMMYT.

Capacity building
News

CIMMYT and EIAR officially closed a wheat seed scaling project that benefitted 131,132 households.

Food security
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CIMMYT scientist Carolina Rivera is one of the six recipients of the 2019 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award.

Climate change
News

A study demonstrates how rice and wheat can be grown using 40 percent less water.

Food security
Press releases

Occupying 12 acres of land, the facility is expected to produce at least 30,000 DH lines a year.

Climate change
In the media

Source: Business Daily (18 Mar 2019)

For the past decade, CIMMYT has invested in breeding and strengthening the adoption of drought tolerant crop varieties across the continent.