Environmental health and biodiversity

The world needs better management of water, soil, nutrients, and biodiversity in crop, livestock, and fisheries systems, coupled with higher-order landscape considerations as well as circular economy and agroecological approaches.

CIMMYT and CGIAR use modern digital tools to bring together state-of-the-art Earth system observation and big data analysis to inform co-design of global solutions and national policies.

Our maize and wheat genebanks preserve the legacy of biodiversity, while breeders and researchers look at ways to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture.

Ultimately, our work helps stay within planetary boundaries and limit water use, nutrient use, pollution, undesirable land use change, and biodiversity loss.

News

Renowned CIMMYT plant breeder recognized for elite wheat varieties that reduced the risk of a global pandemic and now feed hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Features

Sustainable agri-food systems lead to better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all.

Features

Researchers point out the future of the disease, the ways to manage it and prevent it from spreading — within and across continents.

News

CIMMYT, USAID and partners announce the publication of a guide for integrated pest management of fall armyworm in Asia.

Press releases

The food and beverage company will source wheat produced sustainably from a milling company that buys grain from farmers in the Bajío region of Mexico who will participate in CIMMYT’s research and capacity building networks.

Features

Researchers study the design, delivery and use of digital decision-support tools for smallholder maize farmers in northern Nigeria.

News

Cross-regional collaboration brings wheat blast protection to farmers in Bangladesh and Brazil.

Publications

New CIMMYT Brochure highlights value of maize and wheat science to battle rising undernourishment.

Blogs

Understanding the relationship between climate change and plant health is key to conserving biodiversity and boosting food production today and for future generations.

Videos

CIMMYT and its partners worldwide continue to work on this complex challenge, so millions of smallholder farmers can protect their crops and feed their families.

News

Working towards resilience, renewal and transition in our agri-food systems.

Blogs

CIMMYT’s decision to focus on APR genes versus race-specific genes (R-genes) protects the livelihoods of millions of smallholder wheat farmers throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

In the media

Source: World Grain (19 Mar 2021)

Genetic analyses show that a destructive wheat blast fungus that travelled from South America to South East Asia is now established in Zambia under rain-fed conditions.

Videos

How to preserve and share the genetic biodiversity of maize.

In the media

Source: The Counter (21 May 2021)

Dave Hodson discusses why conservation may be the key to our survival.