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Poverty reduction, livelihoods and jobs

About three-quarters of the world’s poor rely on agriculture and natural resources for food and livelihoods. More than 85% of the world’s 1.2 billion youth live in developing countries where meaningful employment and entrepreneurial opportunities are limited — contributing to migration and political insecurity.

Stable rural and urban development requires jobs for the growing number and proportion of young people in the coming decades. Mechanization in food systems presents both opportunities for productivity and employment risks for some.

Growth in the rural economy will be dependent not only on increasing jobs in agriculture but also wealth accumulation to allow farm family members to find off-farm employment. The Blue Economy is an often overlooked but critical element of livelihoods and sustainability.

Features

A type of heat- and drought-tolerant maize is improving yields for Bhutanese farmers.

In the media

Source: Big News Network (26 Jan 2023)

An article in the Big News Network examines opportunities for collaboration between China and Latin America and the Caribbean.

News

One CGIAR’s Breeding Resource Initiative is moving forward on an array of shared services, capacity development programs and technical support.

Features

The downstream effects of the war in Ukraine imperils food security in countries like Nepal. A CSISA-led activity looks to boost local production via increased sustainable irrigation capacity and investment.

In the media

Source: Global Indian (20 Jan 2023)

A distinguished scientist and Head of Global Wheat Improvement at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, Dr. Ravi Prakash Singh dedicated almost four decades towards increasing food production across the globe.

Publications

New research estimates impact of farmer adaptation to climate change on maize, wheat, rice, sorghum and soybean.

In the media

Source: U.S. Department of State (19 Jan 2023)

Cary Fowler and Dina Esposito highlight CIMMYT’s work in southern Africa to address food insecurity.

In the media

Source: Times of India (20 Jan 2023)

Farmers in India learn how to adapt their methodologies to climate change.

News

Over the past 12 years, the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum award has supported 66 early-career women scientists as they build a stronger, more inclusive community of wheat scholars fighting hunger worldwide.

News

CIMMYT scientists and their Chinese counterparts discuss best methods for protecting food crop production from climate change.

In the media

Source: Global Trade Review (16 Jan 2023)

The Ukraine crisis has triggered spikes in food and fertilizer prices, increasing poverty and hunger worldwide. But with a significant financing gap in investments aimed at supporting food systems, could unlocking new markets prove a fruitful way of mitigating food insecurity?

In the media

Source: Phys.org (10 Jan 2023)

Wheat containing exotic DNA from wild relatives benefits from up to 50 percent higher yields in hot weather compared with elite lines lacking these genes, according to a new study.