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Integrated development

CIMMYT aims to develop nutritious, sustainable and resilient food systems to improve health and enhance livelihoods. By co-creating and innovating concepts and methodologies, based on science and data, our goal is to impact national and regional agri-food systems with multidisciplinary integrated projects. Through the implementation of innovative strategies, and concrete activities with specific indicators, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals launched by the United Nations to help end poverty, improve health and fight against climate change.

The objectives of CIMMYT’s integrated development and food systems work are to:

  • Produce more with less.
  • Add value to grain production.
  • Increase resilience.
  • Improve ecosystem services.
  • Promote inclusion.

To achieve these goals CIMMYT’s pillars are the application of science in real time in farms; innovation hub systems; the use of appropriate technologies for farmers; and influencing public policies related to agri-food systems.

The key elements to impact food systems and livelihoods are an integral part of CIMMYT:

  • Improved wheat and maize germplasm.
  • Appropriate mechanization technologies.
  • Sustainable farming practices.
  • Empowerment of farmers as agents of change.
  • Fostering capacity building and trainings.
  • Development of farmer market linkages and sustainable sourcing.
  • Creation and adaption of support tools for decision making.
  • Innovative postharvest management.

CIMMYT’s integrated development and food systems work has a top-sector approach: small-, medium- and large-scale farmers are at the center of functional agri-food systems. Our vision is to have a positive impact on nature conservation, nutrition, and consequently on national and international security.


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Bram Govaerts

Interim Deputy Director General (Research and Partnerships) and Director of the Integrated Development Program

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Daniela Vega Lira

Program Manager and Liaison Officer

Team members

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Anabell Guadalupe Díaz Espinosa

Training Unit Coordinator

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Simon Fonteyne

Research Platforms Coordinator

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Lidia Eugenia García Badillo

Financial Coordinator

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Andrea Gardeazábal Monsalve

Monitor, Evaluation and Learning Manager - ICT for Agriculture

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Nora Honsdorf

Associate Scientist - Systems Agronomist

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Víctor López Saavedra

Senior Manager, Partnerships for Access to Markets

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Georgina Mena López

Communication Outreach Officer

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Sylvanus Odjo

Postharvest Specialist

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Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio

Principal Scientist

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Natalia Palacios Rojas

Maize Quality Specialist

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Moses Siambi

Consultant - Africa Partner and Business Development

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Ravi Gopal Singh

Cropping Systems Agronomist

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Jelle Van Loon

Mechanization Specialist

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Nele Verhulst

Cropping Systems Agronomist

Innovation and technology

CGIAR centers make strong case for Latin America as the best place for investing in solutions to overcome challenges to global agriculture from climate change, pandemics and more.

Food security

We need to make sure our food systems grow a variety of food to nourish a growing population and sustain the planet.

Climate change

Rattan Lal receives agriculture’s highest distinction for developing sustainable farming practices that conserve soils and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Food security

Bram Govaerts receives the highest distinction offered by the American Society of Agronomy.