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.
An economist, an agronomist and a plant biologist discuss how to mix markets, research and nutrition for optimal health and sustainability.
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.
Transition to sustainable farming using concepts from ancestral food production systems leads to healthier soils and diets in Mexico.
New varieties deliver essential micronutrients to those who lack diverse diets.
As the Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project comes to an end, partners draw plans to extend its impact.
Source: Popular Science (8 Apr 2019)
CIMMYT wheat breeder Karim Ammar and collaborators are sequencing different strains of durum wheat to compare properties.
Feeding the world’s population is only part of the challenge — we must also strive for higher-quality, more nutritious crops.
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.
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.
CIMMYT was invited to discuss the findings of the EAT-Lancet Commission report and its implications for Mexico.
Government officials, researchers and experts developed a list of recommendations going forward.
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.
EAT-Lancet Commission offers a roadmap for a global food system that provides a healthy, sustainable diet for the world’s 10 billion people by 2050.