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Sustainable agrifood systems

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.

Contact

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Sieglinde Snapp

Director, Sustainable Agrifood Systems program

Team members

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Frédéric Baudron

Systems Agronomist

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Jordan Chamberlin

Spatial Economist

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Peter Craufurd

Senior Scientist and Country Representative for Nepal

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Jason Donovan

Senior Economist

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Andrea Gardeazábal Monsalve

Monitor, Evaluation and Learning Manager - ICT for Agriculture

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M.L. Jat

Principal Scientist

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Vijesh V. Krishna

Lead Economist

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Timothy J. Krupnik

Senior Scientist - Systems Agronomy and Country Representative for Research and Partnerships

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Gideon Kruseman

Foresight and Ex-Ante Research Leader

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Santiago Lopez-Ridaura

Senior Scientist

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Paswel Marenya

Senior Scientist

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Natalia Palacios Rojas

Maize Quality Specialist

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Tek Sapkota

Agricultural Systems and Climate Change Scientist

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Moses Siambi

CIMMYT Regional Representative for Africa and Country Representative for Zimbabwe

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Christian Thierfelder

Principal Cropping Systems Agronomist

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Jelle Van Loon

Mechanization Specialist

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Nele Verhulst

Cropping Systems Agronomist

Press releases

Regional CGIAR Initiative will improve the livelihoods of farmers, and the resilience and competitiveness of agrifood systems, in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Publications

New textbook covers all aspects of wheat improvement, as well as rapidly evolving technologies and their potential to accelerate genetic gains and adaptation.

Blogs

Afghan farmers need varieties with improved traits such as heat and drought resilience, incorporating functional variation from existing landrace collections.