Dry conditions are common in Ethiopia, but the 2015-2016 El Niño – the strongest on record – led to the worst drought in over a decade. Bad rains across Ethiopia left more than 1.35 million people in need of emergency seed supplies to continue farming.
Protecting wheat genetic diversity across the globe
Outside Mexico City, at the headquarters of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a vast “seed library” holds the world’s most important collection of maize and wheat seeds.
Long-term regional research collaboration pays: Central Asian farmers adopt improved varieties
As of 2016 the International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) has contributed to the development and release of 72 wheat varieties sown on more than 2.5 million hectares in Central and West Asia. Wheat is a major crop in the region.
Food insecurity remains widespread, despite major social and economic advances since the early 1990s.
WHEAT greatly appreciates the contributions of all Window 1 and Window 2 funding partners for their support during Phase 1 through the CGIAR Fund. Without these donors 2012-2017 would not have been possible.
Flagship project 1 - Maximizing value for money, and social inclusivity thru prioritizing WHEAT R4D investments.
Flagship project 2 - Novel diversity and tools to adapt to climate change and resource constraints.
Flagship project 3 - Global partnerships to accelerate genetic gains in farmers’ fields.
Flagship project 4 - Sustainable intensification of wheat-based cropping systems.
Flagship project 5 - Human and institutional capacities for seed systems and scaling-out; a new generation of wheat scientists.
WHEAT is a CGIAR Research Program launched in 2012 and led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Coupling advanced science with field-level research and extension in lower- and middle-income countries, WHEAT works to raise wheat productivity, production and affordable availability for 2.5 billion resource-poor consumers who depend on the crop as a staple food. Partners include the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the British Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and a community of more than 200 public and private organizations worldwide, among them national governments, companies, international centers, regional and local agencies and farmers. Funding for WHEAT comes from CGIAR and generous donors including national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.