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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
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Half a century earlier, scientists collected and preserved samples of maize landraces in Morelos, Mexico. Now, descendants of those farmers were able to get back their ancestral maize seeds and, with them, a piece of their family history.

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New maize varieties to bolster seed sector and enhance farm productivity.

Food security
Press releases

New research recommends targeted assistance and engagement with small farmers in rural Guatemala to improve livelihoods and reduce migration pressures.

Food security
In the media

Source: Bloomberg (25 Jan 2020)

CIMMYT agricultural economist Hugo De Groote notes need to monitor locusts to ensure swarms don’t threaten crops.

Food security
Features

Public and private partners join forces to mitigate voracious pest.

Food security
Videos

Growing the right wheat varieties is necessary to nutritiously feed a growing population in the context of environmental stress.

Innovation and technology
Features

Researchers share their work translating the latest molecular research into breeding solutions for better maize and wheat varieties.

Food security
In the media

Source: Vice (21 Jan 2020)

Seed banks, like the one at CIMMYT’s headquarters in Mexico, are part of planning for the future of food.

Food security
In the media

Source: Mexico News Daily (15 Jan 2020)

Winner acknowledges the work of INIFAP, CIMMYT and the Mexico Corn Tortilla Foundation to recuperate native maize species.

Food security
Press releases

China-based CIMMYT-JAAS screening station aims for global impact in the fight against deadly Fusarium head blight.

Food security
In the media

Source: El Universal (12 Jan 2020)

Research shows that conservation agriculture under irrigation conditions increases yields and soil organic carbon, even in poor quality soil.

Innovation and technology
Features

Digital seed information system will connect farmers to information and seed suppliers.