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.

Features

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.

In the media

Source: La Naci贸n (26 Jun 2021)

An article in La Naci贸n praises the work of a number of research institutions, including CIMMYT, for their use of science and technology to develop hybrid maize lines adapted to the needs of farmers, markets and consumers.

In the media

Source: Agroinformaci贸n (22 Jun 2021)

At the 8th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, Martin Kropff argued that “agriculture cannot take a toll on the environment”, praising conservation agriculture for its contribution to building resilience to drought.

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.

Features

In a Q&A, Thomas Payne reflects on how CIMMYT鈥檚 wheat genebank can be a model for maintaining biodiversity in agricultural systems.

In the media

Source: Forbes M茅xico (7 Apr 2021)

Through regenerative agriculture prices, Grupo Bimbo, a partner of CIMMYT, is revitalizing and ensuring the sustainability of Mexico’s agricultural sector.

Features

Five CIMMYT solutions for a fairer, healthier world.

Features

Digital platform provides information that will help increase crop productivity and improve soil health.

In the media

Source: Milenio (29 Mar 2021)

Through the Sustainable Wheat and Sustainable Maize projects, Bimbo strives to ensure the sustainability of Mexico’s agricultural sector,聽benefitting over 940 smallholder farmers through yield聽enhancement聽and cost reduction strategies.