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Suspension of CIMMYT activities in Iran

November 1st, 2018 12:27

For Immediate Release

CIMMYT will discontinue project support to Iran and close its office in Karaj, effective November 1, 2018. This decision reflects lengthy discussions among CIMMYT’s management, Board of Trustees, its legal advisors and service providers, and with its long-standing partners in Iran.

The decision reflects growing constraints on CIMMYT’s operations in Iran as a result of heightened sanctions imposed in recent months. In compliance with applicable sanctions, CIMMYT will continue to support Iran’s efforts to increase its wheat productivity, supplying germplasm and information on its use through capacity development and related technical guidance.

CIMMYT looks forward to the eventual resolution of constraints and a return to collaborative activities in Iran.

For media questions, please contact CIMMYT’s Head of Corporate Communications, Genevieve Renard(g.renard@cgiar.org).

For other questions, please contact CIMMYT’s General Counsel, Jean-Marie Padden (j.padden@cgiar.org).


CIMMYT – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. Headquartered near Mexico City, CIMMYT works with hundreds of partners throughout the developing world to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems, thus improving global food security and reducing poverty. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat, and the Excellence in Breeding Platform. The Center receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.