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.

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A recent study in Ethiopia has concluded that encouraging biodiversity on and around agricultural land likely increases its productivity.

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CIMMYT was invited to discuss the findings of the EAT-Lancet Commission report and its implications for Mexico.

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Government officials, researchers and experts developed a list of recommendations going forward.

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EAT-Lancet Commission offers a roadmap for a global food system that provides a healthy, sustainable diet for the world’s 10 billion people by 2050.

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A new study explores how conservation agriculture in southern Africa supports spider populations and diversity, which could help mitigate pest damage.

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“At the production stage, soils have an important role to play in reducing carbon emissions.”

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If we take care of our soils, our soils will take care of us.

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The maps include information on soil PH, organic matter, total nitrogen, clay content and boron content.

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The initiative will serve to develop comprehensive soil information at scale for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha

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Ten farmers in a hot and dry area of Zimbabwe trial intercropping legumes and green manure cover crops alongside their maize, to assess their impact on soil fertility.

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Indigenous farmers in Oaxaca are custodians of maize biodiversity, growing seeds passed down over generations.

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Climate-smart agriculture could be the solution for farmers to both cope with the impacts of climate change and reduce emissions.