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.

Publications

Researchers evaluate the use of genomic selection in wheat breeding against deadly fungal disease.

News

Two new graduates join pool of research leaders focused on finding new sources of resistance against these pathogens.

In the media

Source: The New Yorker (6 Dec 2021)

A new article in the New Yorker praises the cutting-edge technology CIMMYT, CGIAR and other scientists are developing to produce a second Green Revolution that doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the first, putting the experiences and challenges of farmers at the heart of it.

Features

Researchers hypothesized that many wild wheat accessions in genebanks feature useful traits that can help diversify breeding programs.

In the media

Source: New Age (21 Nov 2021)

CIMMYT-Bangladesh country representative Timothy J. Krupnik was the guest of honor at a workshop organized by Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute on fall armyworm management.

In the media

Source: World Grain (11 Nov 2021)

Ravi Singh, head of global wheat improvement at CIMMYT, received the 2021 Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the media

Source: The Land (1 Nov 2021)

In an interview with The Land, Alison Bentley emphasized the importance of developing drought-tolerant wheat varieties to see better yields in tough seasons.

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.

In the media

Source: Green Queen (11 Aug 2021)

A recent study of the groundwater in India revealed that, by 2025, large areas of the north-western and southern parts of the country will have “critically low groundwater availability”.

News

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