Health and nutrition

Achieving widespread food and nutritional security for the world’s poorest people is more complex than simply boosting production. Biofortification of maize and wheat helps increase the vitamins and minerals in these key crops. CIMMYT helps families grow and eat provitamin A enriched maize, zinc-enhanced maize and wheat varieties, and quality protein maize. CIMMYT also works on improving food health and safety, by reducing mycotoxin levels in the global food chain. Mycotoxins are produced by fungi that colonize in food crops, and cause health problems or even death in humans or animals. Worldwide, CIMMYT helps train food processors to reduce fungal contamination in maize, and promotes affordable technologies and training to detect mycotoxins and reduce exposure.

Health and nutrition
Press releases

More than two million households across six countries received sweet potato enriched with vitamin A as part of a project led by the International Potato Center (CIP).

Health and nutrition
Features

An economist, an agronomist and a plant biologist discuss how to mix markets, research and nutrition for optimal health and sustainability.

Health and nutrition
Features

As processed food products gain popularity in Mexico City, researchers are keen to understand variation in access to healthier maize- and wheat-based foods across differences in purchasing power.

Health and nutrition
Blogs

Transition to sustainable farming using concepts from ancestral food production systems leads to healthier soils and diets in Mexico.

Health and nutrition
Press releases

New varieties deliver essential micronutrients to those who lack diverse diets.

Health and nutrition
News

As the Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project comes to an end, partners draw plans to extend its impact.

Food security
In the media

Source: Popular Science (8 Apr 2019)

CIMMYT wheat breeder Karim Ammar and collaborators are sequencing different strains of durum wheat to compare properties.

Health and nutrition
Podcasts

Feeding the world’s population is only part of the challenge — we must also strive for higher-quality, more nutritious crops.

Health and nutrition
Features

On World Health Day, we are sharing five stories showing how CIMMYT is combatting hidden hunger and how agricultural research and innovation leads to healthier families, improved livelihoods and a healthier planet.

Health and nutrition
Publications

This research is especially significant for countries where the health burdens of exposure to aflatoxin and prevalence of vitamin A deficiency converge with high rates of maize consumption.

Climate change
News

CIMMYT was invited to discuss the findings of the EAT-Lancet Commission report and its implications for Mexico.

Food security
News

Government officials, researchers and experts developed a list of recommendations going forward.

Food security
News

The developing world’s appetite for wheat is growing swiftly, driven in part by rising incomes, rapid urbanization and the expansion of families where both spouses work outside the house.