Nutrition, health and 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.

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.

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Afriseed and AID-I are helping smallholder famers in Zambia transition to improved, high-yielding legumes.

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Source: Daily Nigerian ()

CIMMYT’s involvement in the TELA Maize Project has been instrumental in the development of new drought-tolerant and pest-resistant maize varieties.

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Attended by over 1,300 smallholder farmers, the fourth edition of the CIMMYT seed and mechanization fairs held in Mwenezi and Masvingo districts linked farmers with private sector companies.

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To improve food security in Zambia and Tanzania, CIMMYT and Zamseed join forces to strengthen maize resilience.

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In 2011, CIMMYT and ICAR committed to agricultural development in South Asia with the creation of BISA. Since then, BISA has increased crop yields, developed hardy wheat varieties and championed environmental health.

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The mountainous Himalayan country is facing a reduction in the production of cereals, and an increase in productivity within the limited arable area is needed.

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Source: Technology Works (18 Dec 2023)

Kevin Pixley explores the impact of genetic engineering on resilient crop varieties

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The 2023 Borlaug Dialogue showcased CIMMYT’s collaborations in Mozambique and innovative initiatives to address agricultural challenges in Southern Africa.

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Source: Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit (18 Dec 2023)

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CIMMYT announces three new, improved tropical maize hybrids.

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Source: Rural 21 (11 Dec 2023)

Sylvanus Odjo and Heike Ostermann highlight systemic scaling up of post-harvest technologies.

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NARC and CIMMYT prioritize food security and technology adoption to transform agriculture in Nepal.

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Source: Khabarhub (10 Dec 2023)

Nepal and CIMMYT sign 10-year pact to improve agriculture, focusing on improved production and markets.