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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

Zone-specific recommendations provide Afghan farmers with the best practices in wheat production for their region.

Publications

To alleviate malnutrition associated with essential amino acids, QPM development and deployment should be further proliferated to reach a large number of consumers.

Publications

New issue spotlights importance of gender inclusive approach to agricultural research for development.

News

Jawoo Koo, IFPRI, and Andrea Gardeazabal, CIMMYT, explain how smallholders in Africa, Asia and Latin America will benefit from the CGIAR Initiative for Digital Innovation.

News

Successful testing of phone-based groundwater monitoring in the Nepal Terai was described at World Water Week in Stockholm.

In the media

Source: MarketWatch (23 Sep 2022)

Models of funding for agricultural research and development (R&D) need to adapt in order for the world to meet current challenges to agrifood systems.

Publications

Protecting farmers from wheat blast, a lethal plant disease, could be made easier through enhanced monitoring and forecasting tools.

In the media

Source: Des Moines Register (25 Sep 2022)

Cary Fowler, US Special Envoy for Global Food Security, mentions CIMMYT as one example of institutions “contributing significantly to global food security.”

News

CIMMYT’s Women in Crop Science team win the Inclusive Team Award at CGIAR’s inaugural Inclusive Workplace Awards for creating an inclusive and respectful team culture.

News

CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees were impressed with MasAgro’s outcomes in Mexico and its potential for replication in Africa.

In the media

Source: Opportimes (22 Sep 2022)

Grupo Bimbo and CIMMYT partnership aims to improve regenerative agricultural practices for wheat and maize in Mexico.

Publications

Soil health and water infrastructure measures needed to restore wheat production in Pakistan, in rural communities devastated by major flooding.