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New York Times reports from Ciudad Obreg贸n

crackedsoil-wheatspikesIn a recent New York Times article, journalist Justin Gillis reports on the planet’s looming threat of climate change, agriculture鈥檚 monumental challenge, and how CIMMYT is working diligently to mitigate these global hurdles.

The article, which appeared in the 05 June 2011 print edition, reports from CIMMYT鈥檚 Ciudad Obreg贸n station where wheat variety testing takes priority. As one of the four staple crops that constitute most human calories, wheat production is crucial to ensuring global food security; a task that is becoming more difficult amid growing populations, a changing climate, and the depletion of natural resources, according to Gillis.

鈥淭here is just such a tremendous disconnect, with the people not understanding the highly dangerous situation we are in,鈥 CIMMYT鈥檚 deputy chief Marianne Banzinger told Gillis.

Furthermore, food shortages do not just affect the population going to bed hungry. Gillis states that food shortages can and do lead to political unrest, citing past turmoil in Haiti and the recent political destabilization in Arab countries. But not all hope is lost, as many agricultural scientists and experts believe that sustainably increasing global agricultural production is feasible.

鈥淚t may be possible to make more productive and resilient in the face of climate change,鈥 Gillis reports. 鈥淏ut how?鈥 you might be wondering 鈥 through the introduction of new agronomical techniques and new varieties resistant to climate strains, such as heat and water stress, and new pests.

Read the entire article available on nytimes.com.