Our work

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Ensuring the world's food security

CIMMYT works to develop more productive and sustainable food systems in low- and middle-income countries. The center’s research portfolio squarely targets critical challenges, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation. By working in multidisciplinary large-scale projects and with partner organizations, CIMMYT comprehends challenges better and is able to develop more effective solutions.


Science and innovation for a food and nutrition secure world


CIMMYT contributes to the development of a world with healthier and more prosperous people - free from the threat of global food crises - and with more resilient agri-food systems.

Our Research Programs

CIMMYT contributes to the development of a world within healthier and more prosperous people - free from the threat of global food crises - and with more resilient agrifood systems.

Maize research

Maize research

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Wheat research

Wheat research

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Genetic resources

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Sustainable agrifood systems

Sustainable agrifood systems

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Dryland crops

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Turning research into impact

Currently CIMMYT is working to:

  • Improve the food and nutrition security, and livelihoods of farmers and rural populations.
  • Increase the resilience of agrifood systems to the impact of climate change, pests and diseases.
  • Develop approaches that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use land, water, energy, nutrients and labor more efficiently.
  • Provide nutritious food options for low-income consumers.
  • Ensure the biodiversity of maize and wheat is used more widely and equitably.
  • Provide technologies and know-how to farmers and local entrepreneurs and help them to become the engines of economic growth.
  • Develop the capacity of individuals and institutions in partnership with world-class universities, national agricultural research and extension systems, the private sector, and researchers from other organizations.
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Collaborate to succeed

Through collaborative research, partnerships, and training, CIMMYT helps to build and strengthen a new generation of national agricultural research and extension services.

CIMMYT is a member of CGIAR, composed of 15 agricultural research centers working together to sustainably intensify global agriculture. CIMMYT led the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat, and the Excellence in Breeding Platform, which aligned and added value to the efforts of more than 500 partners.

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Projects and networks

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