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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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Five CIMMYT solutions for a fairer, healthier world.

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New report quantifies the impact of 20 years of CGIAR-led maize improvement for Africa.

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CGIAR webinar examined the technological, sustainability and social implications of integrated approaches.

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CIMMYT partner seed company supports smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with stress-tolerant seed against biotic and abiotic stresses.

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Agricultural experimental station in Toluca will be renamed to honor distinguished scientist.

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The second installment in the CGIAR International Year of Plant Health Webinar Series tackles the often-overlooked issue of germplasm health.

CIMMYT’s tried and tested approaches in varietal turnover and decades of experience in strengthening maize and wheat seed systems have a lot to contribute to CGIAR’s plan of building robust food systems by 2030.

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CIMMYT market development specialist works to strengthen the seed and fertilizer market systems and value chains in Nepal.

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As partners come together as One CGIAR to enact a bold climate-centered strategy, projects like CIMMYT and IITA’s decades-long work on climate-smart maize can help show the way forward.

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Pakistan’s goal to achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production just became more attainable with the release of five new wheat varieties.

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Study validates importance and uncovers new benefits of crucial wheat genome segment.

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Interactive map illustrates impacts of BGRI’s 15 years of collaboration for disease- and climate-resilient wheat.