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
Features

Experts reflect on the successful efforts to limit the spread of maize lethal necrosis across eastern and southern Africa.

Food security
In the media

Source: Kooperation International (25 Nov 2019)

CIMMYT and the Julius Kühn Institute signed a Declaration of Intent to intensify joint research on disease-resistant and stress-tolerant wheat.

Food security
Features

Markets and value chains expert studies seed demand and distribution, with the aim to help agro-dealers and seed businesses better market improved seed.

Food security
News

Smallholders in India’s Karnataka state get higher yields from drought- and heat-tolerant maize.

Food security
Features

Meeting with Ethiopian researchers and policymakers outlines path forward for cooperation.

Health and nutrition
In the media

Source: France 24 (19 Nov 2019)

B.M. Prasanna, Director of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program, speaks on CIMMYT’s work to help farmers in the context of the aflatoxin crisis in Kenya.

Food security
In the media

Source: Seed World (19 Nov 2019)

While food production must rise order to feed a growing population and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, wheat can play a big role in this process.

Food security
Features

Stress-tolerant maize varieties are transforming lives in northern Uganda.

Food security
News

Hans-Joachim Braun and Alexey Morgunov receive awards and fellowships at annual meeting of crop science peers.

Food security
In the media

Source: The Avon Valley and Wheat Belt Advocate (13 Nov 2019)

Four wheat lines from CIMMYT and ICARDA showed good resistance to fungal disease stagonospora nodorum blotch in assessment.

Food security
Blogs

The effect of factors limiting production differs across regions, researchers observe.

Food security
News

Head of CIMMYT Wheat Germplasm Bank receives Frank N. Meyer Medal for contributions to germplasm collection, conservation and use.

Innovation and technology
Press releases

New research describes a revolutionary early warning system that can predict and mitigate wheat rust diseases in Ethiopia.

Capacity development
News

Visit to CIMMYT headquarters reaffirms research collaboration.

Capacity development
Features

Scientists mobilize African and Latin American knowledge to protect Asia’s maize.