Climate adaptation and mitigation
Climate change threatens to reduce global crop production, and poor people in tropical environments will be hit the hardest. More than 90% of CIMMYT’s work relates to climate change, helping farmers adapt to shocks while producing more food, and reduce emissions where possible. Innovations include new maize and wheat varieties that withstand drought, heat and pests; conservation agriculture; farming methods that save water and reduce the need for fertilizer; climate information services; and index-based insurance for farmers whose crops are damaged by bad weather. CIMMYT is an important contributor to the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.
CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees were impressed with MasAgro’s outcomes in Mexico and its potential for replication in Africa.
Soil health and water infrastructure measures needed to restore wheat production in Pakistan, in rural communities devastated by major flooding.
Collaborative project between CGIAR research centers aiming to improve food security in South Asia launches in three countries.
Drought tolerant maize and use of forecasting in agriculture praised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
CIMMYT and CGIAR scientists use forecast information to prevent the spread of crop diseases and identify locations where crops will grow most effectively.
CIMMYT Director General Bram Govaerts explains to government and private sector partners how CIMMYT equips farmers to capitalize on new technologies, resulting in climate-smart processes and increased food security.
An article in Amar Ujala in India explores the cross-country collaboration instigated by the Borlaug Institute for South Asia.
Source: China Minutes (7 Sep 2022)
China is the largest global producer and consumer of wheat. The country’s breeders are developing high quality, high yield varieties, with resistance to the droughts and crop blights that have increased in frequency and spread due to climate change.
SAWBAR bestowed the Sh. VS Mathur Memorial Award 2022 upon CIMMYT scientist Ravi Singh for his pioneering work to enhance wheat productivity in India.
Source: The Tribune India (2 Sep 2022)
Bram Govaerts, CIMMYT Director General, calls for greater collaboration to address global food security challenges.
Source: Face2News (3 Sep 2022)
Opportunities for crop diversification and improved water usage are key topics between Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and CIMMYT Director General Bram Govaerts at a recent meeting in India.
CGIAR research centers are combining expertise and resource to increase farmers’ yields in a sustainable way and build risk resilience against climate change.
Climate-food systems research at CIMMYT is informing the decisions of key actors from the scientific, development, and public policy communities.