Capacity development

CIMMYT training courses play a critical role in helping international researchers meet national food security and resource conservation goals. By sharing knowledge to build communities of agricultural knowledge in less developed countries, CIMMYT empowers researchers to aid farmers. In turn, these farmers help ensure sustainable food security. In contrast to formal academic training in plant breeding and agronomy, CIMMYT training activities are hands-on and highly specialized. Trainees from Africa, Asia and Latin America benefit from the data assembled and handled in a global research program. Alumni of CIMMYT courses often become a significant force for agricultural change in their countries.


Successful establishment of an agricultural machinery workshop in Meki signals a boost for private sector-driven mechanization in Ethiopia.

In the media

Source: SBS Punjabi (8 Sep 2021)

The Indian researcher leads CIMMYT’s environmental analytics work in South Asia, where he addresses the region’s productivity and sustainability challenges in cereal systems.


Fostering private sector engagement to develop and scale locally-produced hybrids seeds in Nepal.


Postgraduate students visit a hybrid maize seed company as part of drive to enhance partnerships between Nepal’s agricultural universities and the seed industry.


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


New equipment will speed up and enhance the accuracy of national breeding processes including seed preparation, data collection and inventory management.


Two-wheel tractors have replaced outdated farming tools, helping Ethiopian farmers reduce drudgery, improve productivity and increase their profits.


Alumni of CIMMYT’s historic wheat training program reflect on a powerful learning experience.


In India’s state of Odisha, maize farming is lifting up the socioeconomic status of women.


Molecular breeding experts learn about state-of-the-art data analysis and visualization tools at Wheat Initiative workshops.


The head of the Maize Germplasm Bank, who retired in September, modernized the bank’s data curation and promoted outreach to maize landrace farming communities in the Americas.


The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is the highest honor conferred by the Government of India to non-resident Indians.


CSISA initiatives support smallholder farmers in India to become successful entrepreneurs.


New manual supports informed choices for climate resilience in Zimbabwe.