Global partnership propels wheat productivity in China
Benefits of three decades of international collaboration in wheat research have added as much as 10.7 million tons of grain – worth US $3.4 billion – to China’s national wheat output, according to a 2014 study led by the director of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP) of the Chinese Academy of Science.
The journey of a seed
The lifeblood of CIMMYT’s research and partnerships, millions of seeds are on the move. As they arrive, depart, and are shared, the seeds also undergo rigorous health testing, are grown out at research stations, and are stored in frigid germplasm bank vaults.
Ancient landraces please modern palates and profit smallholder farmers
Mexican smallholder farmers are profiting from native maize dishes served in exclusive Mexican and U.S. restaurants, as endangered maize landraces are being preserved and improved.
Precision land leveling to save water in Asia
Farmers on over 1.5 million hectares in South Asia’s vast rice-wheat cropping zones are using a high-tech approach to level their farmland, allowing them to save 15-30 percent irrigation water and benefit from up to 6 percent higher yields for rice, wheat and other crops, over farmers who work traditionally-plowed fields.
Making maize climate-ready
The world is getting hotter and instances of extreme weather events are on the rise. The planet’s changing climate is impacting farmers through heat, drought, floods, storms, diseases, emerging pests, shifting growing seasons, and volatile rain patterns. From Africa to Asia, CIMMYT is working with partners to develop maize lines with tolerance to drought, heat-stress and waterlogging.
Maize Lethal Necrosis
The rapid emergence of maize lethal necrosis in eastern Africa was met by an equally impressive effort to offer farmers varieties capable of surviving MLN.
Reshaping wheat for yield and climate change
In the battle to raise wheat production by more than 60 percent over the next 35 years and satisfy rising global demand, scientists believe they have begun unravelling the genetic mysteries to deliver a more productive and resilient wheat plant.
Tackling the gender gap in research
CIMMYT increased investments in gender research to ensure that projects engage men and women more effectively.
Making the most of appropriate machinery
Across diverse farm settings in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South Asia, experts are sharing knowledge and experiences to re-design and adapt machinery for women and men.