Background image for CIMMYT
  1. Home >
  2. News >
  3. Food security

Food security

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
Features

An early indication of parental lines with potential to tolerate or resist Striga, is showing “light at the end of the tunnel” for farmers battling the nutrient-sucking monster.

Food security
News

Collaboration, partnership and mutual learning with national partners key focus of new project to accelerate breeding and delivery of improved wheat varieties.

Food security
Publications

Trial results highlight the long-term benefits of conservation agriculture-based weed management.

Food security
News

The new AGG project has a strong focus on more synergistic and supportive partnerships with national programs to help improve the effectiveness of their breeding efforts.

Innovation and technology
In the media

Source: Forbes México (25 Jul 2020)

Agriculture in Mexico has not stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, but has had to reinvent itself.

Climate change
In the media

Source: China Daily (22 Jul 2020)

CIMMYT-developed drought-and high temperature-tolerant maize varieties help strengthen resilience to weather extremes in China.

Food security
News

CIMMYT continues to support farmers and the agricultural sector in the country.

Food security
Features

Researchers in Ethiopia show that well-targeted fertilizer recommendations improve fertilizer usage and productivity of maize production.

Innovation and technology
In the media

Source: Down to Earth (15 Jul 2020)

While an estimated 10 percent of India’s 44 million ha of rice is cultivated through direct seeding, the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to an increase in this practice.

Food security
In the media

Source: World Grain (15 Jul 2020)

CIMMYT scientists perform large genome-wide association study in India, Kenya and Mexico to understand yellow rust resistance in wheat.

Food security
Publications

A new policy brief provides a roadmap for accelerating the adoption of conservation agriculture in Eastern India.

Food security
Features

A survey conducted by CIMMYT researchers collected insights from over 200 key value-chain market actors.