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.
A seed fair in Zambia brings together farmers to explore climate-smart seed systems.
In 2011, CIMMYT and ICAR committed to agricultural development in South Asia with the creation of BISA. Since then, BISA has increased crop yields, developed hardy wheat varieties and championed environmental health.
Maize breeding innovations by CIMMYT, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and CGIAR’s Accelerated Breeding Initiative, will deliver climate-resilient and nutritionally enriched maize varieties for farmers and consumers.
Source: Technology Works (18 Dec 2023)
Kevin Pixley explores the impact of genetic engineering on resilient crop varieties
The 2023 Borlaug Dialogue showcased CIMMYT’s collaborations in Mozambique and innovative initiatives to address agricultural challenges in Southern Africa.
Director of CIMMYT’s Sustainable Agrifood Systems program recognized for outstanding contributions to soil science.
Source: Seek Research Magazine ()
CIMMYT collaborates with Jared Crain, former director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics.
Warming nights due to climate change are affecting wheat crops, including traditionally heat-tolerant varieties, according to a study by CIMMYT researchers. The findings underscore the need to take nighttime conditions into account when breeding resilient crop.
Source: Farmers Review Africa (2 Nov 2023)
Wheat yield and adaptation demonstrate the power of collaborative research, miller group spokesperson said.
Source: Cirad (1 Nov 2023)
CIMMYT studying sustainable strategies and soil carbon stocks.
A decade of maize impact, celebrating 10 years of success with CIMMYT’s maize DH and MLN screening facilities.
LIPS-Zimbabwe has been at the frontline of introducing innovations to farmers in Mutoko and Buhera by integrating intercropping trials.