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.
BBC radio show Witness History focuses on the life and work of Norman Borlaug.
2019 World Food Prize recognizes the impact of bringing improved seeds to Africa, Asia and Latin America
The work of laureate Simon N. Groot has helped smallholder farmers to enhance vegetable production and has improved the diets of millions.
The world urgently needs a transformation of the global food system, leading to healthier diets for all and a drastic reduction in agriculture’s environmental impact. The major cereal grains must play a central role in this new revolution for the benefit of the world’s poorest people.
Can you imagine a world without maize and wheat? We can’t!
Global conference will serve as forum for collaboration on crop production in water-limited environments.
CIMMYT scientists engage to preserve the Jala maize landrace, famous for producing the longest maize ears in the world.
Source: Aftenposten (24 Sep 2019)
CIMMYT’s plant breeding contributes to climate resilience of crops around the world.
Source: The Third Pole (23 Sep 2019)
CIMMYT, ICIMOD and partners launched a Regional Drought Monitoring and Outlook System for South Asia.
A recent study from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) shows that conservation agriculture and other climate-smart technologies are increasing yields and farmer resilience amidst drought episodes in southern Africa.
Researchers found farmers who increased both the area growing resistant varieties and the number of wheat varieties grown per season saw the biggest yield increases.
A demand-driven, multi-lens approach ensures the best maize varieties are available to seed companies and farmers.
Source: News Ghana (13 Sep 2019)
CIMMYT has developed a variety of seeds to meet the varied needs of Kenyan farmers.
Visiting scientist Roi Ben-David discusses Israel’s exotic germplasm gap and ongoing efforts to restore the country’s lost wheat landrace collections.
Seed production innovations, conservation agriculture and partnerships are key for Africa’s food security
Partner field days in Kenya presented sustainable solutions to crop threats and innovations in seed and agronomy.
CABI’s CEO Trevor Nicholls and CIMMYT’s Director General Martin Kropff analyze the challenges and opportunities for family farmers in the next decade.