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.

Features

The downstream effects of the war in Ukraine imperils food security in countries like Nepal. A CSISA-led activity looks to boost local production via increased sustainable irrigation capacity and investment.

Publications

New research estimates impact of farmer adaptation to climate change on maize, wheat, rice, sorghum and soybean.

In the media

Source: Times of India (20 Jan 2023)

Farmers in India learn how to adapt their methodologies to climate change.

News

CIMMYT scientists and their Chinese counterparts discuss best methods for protecting food crop production from climate change.

In the media

Source: Global Trade Review (16 Jan 2023)

The Ukraine crisis has triggered spikes in food and fertilizer prices, increasing poverty and hunger worldwide. But with a significant financing gap in investments aimed at supporting food systems, could unlocking new markets prove a fruitful way of mitigating food insecurity?

In the media

Source: Phys.org (10 Jan 2023)

Wheat containing exotic DNA from wild relatives benefits from up to 50 percent higher yields in hot weather compared with elite lines lacking these genes, according to a new study.

Publications

CIMMYT researchers comb through data to enumerate the benefits, and costs, of specific climate mitigation initiatives in the AFOLU sector of Mexico.

Publications

Researchers provide data-driven approach to systematically analyze the production and diffusion of knowledge on food systems and climate change.

Publications

New CIMMYT research sheds light on farmer maize preferences in Ethiopia and western Kenya.

In the media

Source: AgNews (29 Dec 2022)

CIMMYT Director General Bram Govaerts looks at challenges facing Mexican and global agricultural systems.

Features

Ravi Ranjan took to farming after the death of his grandfather and, despite his initial apprehension about working in agriculture, has never looked back.

In the media

Source: Tech and Science Post (15 Dec 2022)

The seemingly small shift in the planting season had a cascading effect that delayed the fire season by about two weeks and exacerbated air pollution.

Publications

Scientists determine nitrogen use could be reduced without impacting rice yields for sustainability of rice production in Northwestern Indo-Gangetic Plains.

News

At COP15, CIMMYT scientists highlighted the significance of DSI in conserving, exploring, and utilizing biodiversity as part of efforts to sustainably nourish the global population in a nature positive manner.

In the media

Source: VoxDev (5 Nov 2022)

Paswel Marenya, Adoption and Impact Assessment Economist at CIMMYT, explains on a podcast how bundling genetic and financial technologies can make small-scale agriculture more resilient and productive.