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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.

Press releases

CGIAR centers present methodology for transforming resource-constrained, polluting and vulnerable farming into inclusive, sustainable and resilient food systems that deliver healthy and affordable diets for all within planetary boundaries.

In the media

Source: World Grain (19 Mar 2021)

Genetic analyses show that a destructive wheat blast fungus that travelled from South America to South East Asia is now established in Zambia under rain-fed conditions.


Don’t discount the contribution cereals can make to combatting micronutrient malnutrition, say researchers.


Educator and researcher trains partners from around the world in CIMMYT’s unique wheat improvement course.


A new study identifies global emissions and mitigation hotspots ripe for more efficient nitrogen use in maize and wheat production.


CIMMYT scientists use high-powered drones and space satellite imagery to accelerate crop improvement, fight pests and diseases and help farmers make better crop management decisions.


Massive study of breeding lines across environments pinpoints genomic regions associated with yield potential and stress-resilience in bread wheat.


A mock shop helps researchers understand how Kenyan farmers choose maize seed when their preferred varieties are out of stock.


How to preserve and share the genetic biodiversity of maize.

In the media

Source: The Counter (21 May 2021)

Dave Hodson discusses why conservation may be the key to our survival.


In a Q&A, Thomas Payne reflects on how CIMMYT’s wheat genebank can be a model for maintaining biodiversity in agricultural systems.


CIMMYT maize lines CML604A to CML615A are adapted to tropical maize production environments.