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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.

 

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As the pest continues to cause damage to farmers’ fields, CIMMYT trained national agricultural partners on integrated pest management.

Innovation and technology
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CGIAR centers make strong case for Latin America as the best place for investing in solutions to overcome challenges to global agriculture from climate change, pandemics and more.

Food security
Features

We need to make sure our food systems grow a variety of food to nourish a growing population and sustain the planet.

Food security
Explainers

Farming method can boost yields, increase farmers’ profits and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change
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Rattan Lal receives agriculture’s highest distinction for developing sustainable farming practices that conserve soils and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Food security
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Alison Bentley introduces herself and CIMMYT’s innovative wheat research at the BGRI Technical Workshop.

Food security
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The award honors four individuals who have been integral to the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative.

Capacity development
Videos

A video to be aired on Bangladeshi television shows farmers how to identify the pest and manage a potential infestation.

Food security
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Former director general Donald Winkelmann was instrumental in achieving growth and recognition for CIMMYT.

Food security
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Bram Govaerts receives the highest distinction offered by the American Society of Agronomy.

Capacity development
Videos

A new video dramatizes the human stakes of the battle against fall armyworm and shows how techniques developed by CIMMYT and partners are helping farmers beat the pest.

Food security
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Genomic-wide association study evaluated samples from Bolivia and Bangladesh for blast-resistant genes.