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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

Director General a.i., Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Director General for Research (Sustainable Production Systems and Integrated Programs), a.i., 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 Gardeaz√°bal Monsalve

Monitor, Evaluation and Learning Manager - ICT for Agriculture

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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

CIMMYT Regional Representative for Africa and Country Representative for Zimbabwe

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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

In the media

Source: Horti Daily (26 Aug 2021)

At CIMMYT’s experimental station in Toluca, Mexico, scientists use greenhouse technologies to¬†develop improved varieties that boost production, prevent crop disease and improve smallholder farmers‚Äô livelihood.


Partnership for mechanization bolsters economic prosperity in host communities near Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.


New CIMMYT Brochure highlights value of maize and wheat science to battle rising undernourishment.


CIMMYT’s MasAgro project acknowledged for promoting sustainable agriculture in new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit.