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Ensuring the world’s food security

By 2050 the world’s population will reach 10 billion. At current rates, there will not be enough food to feed us.

CIMMYT works throughout the developing world to improve livelihoods and foster more productive sustainable maize and wheat farming. Our portfolio squarely targets critical challenges, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change and environmental degradation.

Through collaborative research, partnerships, and training, the center helps to build and strengthen a new generation of national agricultural research and extension services in maize- and wheat-growing nations. As a member of CGIAR, composed of 15 agricultural research centers working together to sustainably intensify global agriculture, CIMMYT leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat, which align and add value to the efforts of more than 500 partners.

Turning research into impact

  • CIMMYT generates benefits of $3.5-4 billion annually.
  • CIMMYT alumni include a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and three World Food Prize winners.
  • CIMMYT’s success depends on the longstanding partnerships and trust of public agricultural research systems, private companies, advanced research institutes and academia, and non-governmental and farmer organizations.
  • More than 70 percent of the wheat grown in developing countries and more than 50 percent of improved maize varieties derive from CIMMYT breeding materials.
  • More than 10,000 scientists have trained at CIMMYT and gone on to become leaders in their own countries. The center empowers thousands of students, extension workers and farmers through courses, workshops and field days.

Research programs

Projects and networks

Capacity building
Capacity building
Capacity building
Food security
Food security
Food security
Innovation and technology