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.
From biofortification to cooking techniques, a CIMMYT scientist and her team test how to make this global staple as nutritious as possible.
Five CIMMYT solutions for a fairer, healthier world.
Water, heat and lime transform grain in a traditional Central American maize processing method.
New study in the Western Highlands of Guatemala confirms relation between milpa intercropping diversity and nutritional capacity.
Webinar series from CGIAR examines the components of the crop supply chain, as part of the International Year of Plant Health.
Could an ancient and — in the Americas — commonplace practice help make maize agri-food systems more nutritious?
This year, we published more than 250 stories related to maize and wheat science around the world. Here are some of our favorites.
Celebrating whole grains as an integral part of healthy, sustainable — and delicious — diets.
CIMMYT maize and wheat quality experts explain the importance of whole grains for healthy diets.
A growing number of smallholders in southern Zimbabwe adopt provitamin-A maize after collective learning and knowledge transfer initiative.
Source: Times of India (23 Oct 2020)
It’s that time of the year when pollution levels start increasing, but two factors may help north India avoid the ‘airpocalypse’ this time.
We need to make sure our food systems grow a variety of food to nourish a growing population and sustain the planet.
Cereals offer greater health and nutrition benefits than commonly acknowledged, despite often being considered ‘nutrient-poor’, say scientists.