Food security

As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories in the diets of people living in developing countries, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. CIMMYT scientists tackle food insecurity through improved nutrient-rich, high-yielding varieties and sustainable agronomic practices, ensuring that those who most depend on agriculture have enough to make a living and feed their families. The U.N. projects that the global population will increase to more than 9 billion people by 2050, which means that the successes and failures of wheat and maize farmers will continue to have a crucial impact on food security. Findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which show heat waves could occur more often and mean global surface temperatures could rise by up to 5 degrees Celsius throughout the century, indicate that increasing yield alone will be insufficient to meet future demand for food.

Food security
Press releases

Portal will encourage rapid, iterative experimentation and global teamwork to address spread and impact of the invasive crop pest.

Food security
News

CIMMYT’s work may begin with seeds, but our innovations support farmers at all stages of the value chain.

Food security
Features

Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) comes to a close but its impact lives on.

Climate change
In the media

Source: Phys.org (16 Jun 2020)

CIMMYT and University of Cordoba studied 54 kinds of wheat to analyze response to high temperatures.

Food security
Features

The introduction of mung bean has transformed rice-wheat food systems in Nepal and has been one of the major successes of the Agronomy and Seed Scaling project.

Food security
In the media

Source: Dhaka Tribune (11 Jun 2020)

While Bangladesh is at low risk of a large-scale invasion of desert locusts, efforts to curb fall armyworm will help in addressing future pests.

Climate change
Features

Initiative in Zimbabwe pursues holistic and multi-faceted approach to support climate resilience and increase yields.

Food security
In the media

Source: News Ghana (4 Jun 2020)

CIMMYT Global Maize Program Director B.M. Prasanna calls on scientists to help countries in finding faster solutions to the effects of COVID-19 on food security.

Innovation and technology
Features

As the current pandemic and restrictions create labor constraints, CIMMYT experts discuss the role scale-appropriate farm machinery can play in addressing them.

Food security
In the media

Source: Donne del Food (31 May 2020)

B.M. Prasanna, director of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program and the CGIAR Research Program on Maize, discusses the viral disease maize lethal necrosis.

Food security
Features

CIMMYT breeder applies new tools and technologies to accelerate genetic gains, make breeding more efficient, and keep up with the changing dynamics of biotic and abiotic stresses.

Food security
Features

Maize lethal necrosis has taught us that intensive efforts to keep human and plant diseases at bay need to continue beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Food security
In the media

Source: Seed Quest (27 May 2020)

Nepal Agricultural Research Council and CIMMYT scientists suspect new races of stripe and leaf rust in the Nepal hills and terai in the recent 2020 wheat season.

Food security
News

CIMMYT representatives discuss the impact of the pandemic on Mexico and why CIMMYT works towards more resilient agri-food systems with healthier and more prosperous people.

Food security
In the media

Source: The Manila Times (26 May 2020)

Mexican designer Fernando Laposse partnered with CIMMYT and works with a village of Mixtec farmers to transform unused maize husks into furniture.