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Socio-environmental challenges in focus at CIMMYT 50th anniversary conference

July 14, 2016


CIMMYT 50th Anniversary Conference: Turning research into impact

WHAT: About 500 scientists, government officials, farmers and members of the international agriculture for development community will gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) at a three-day conference in Mexico. This special event will focus on how complex socio-environmental challenges of the future will affect agricultural research for development, smallholder farmers and crop yields.

THEME: Turning research into Impact: Past, present & future

WHEN: September 27 to 29, 2016

WHERE: Mexico

            Km. 45, Carretera Mexico-Veracruz, El Batan

            Texcoco CP 56237

           Mariano Escobedo 700 Col. Anzures

           Mexico D.F. 11590




Since 2004, conservation agriculture has helped farmers in southern Africa maintain and boost yields, protect the environment and increase profits.

Over the past 50 years, various research activities have been undertaken to boost protein quality and micronutrient levels in maize and wheat to help improve nutrition in poor communities.

Before climate change became a hot topic, the U.N. Development Programme provided funding for an international team of scientists in Mexico to find a better way to breed resilient maize

 Efforts to meet agricultural needs of women farmers to bolster global food security took shape in CIMMYT’s early days.

The story of how Japanese wheat variety Norin 10 saved millions from starvation and revolutionized the world of wheat.


Julie Mollins

CIMMYT media manager

Email: j.mollins@cgiar.org

Mobile: +52 1 595 106 9307

Twitter @jmollins  


Genevieve Renard

Head of CIMMYT communications

Email: g.renard@cgiar.org

Telephone: +52 1 595 114 9880

Twitter: @genevrenard 


CIMMYT, headquartered in El Batan, Mexico, is the global leader in research for development in wheat and maize and wheat- and maize-based farming systems. CIMMYT works throughout the developing world with hundreds of partners to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to improve food security and livelihoods. CIMMYT is a member of the 15-member CGIAR Consortium and leads the Consortium Research Programs on Wheat and Maize. CIMMYT receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.

CIMMYT 50 website: https://www.cimmyt.org/cimmyt50/

CIMMYT website: http://www.cimmyt.org

CGIAR website: http://www.cgiar.org


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