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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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New lines of CIMMYT-derived maize show increased resistance to maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease. Their rapid adoption, along with sustained monitoring and prevention efforts, are crucial to preventing another outbreak, argues a new report.

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Former director of the Global Wheat Program positioned CIMMYT as the leading international research-for-development and breeding organization for wheat.

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CIMMYT researchers and partners are applying genomics, remote sensing and big data analysis to fortify the crop against climate-related stresses.

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Webinar series from CGIAR examines the components of the crop supply chain, as part of the International Year of Plant Health.

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CIMMYT system economist explores ways to streamline smallholder farming systems through mechanization, gender equity and conservation agriculture.

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Researchers join government officials and other stakeholders to discuss collaborative research and development activities in Bangladesh.

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World-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs joins CIMMYT’s end-of-year event to reflect upon the important tasks CGIAR should undertake in its upcoming 50 years of impact.

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Improved maize varieties among top three CGIAR innovations adopted by up to 11 million households in Ethiopia, independent study shows.

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CIMMYT, the Government of Mexico and the Nobel Peace Center celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Norman Borlaug’s Nobel Peace Prize.

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This year, we published more than 250 stories related to maize and wheat science around the world. Here are some of our favorites.

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Longtime CIMMYT collaborator Ruth Wanyera nears retirement from an honorable and decorated career in wheat research.

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A special event will make a global call to action: to develop a transformational response of agriculture for peace.