Borlaug Centennial Summit on Wheat for Food Security

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More than 700 people from nearly 70 countries joined with some of the greatest minds in agriculture and food security during 25-28 March to recognize the legacy of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug and the future of wheat in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. 

CIMMYT organized the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security with the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative and the Patronato farmers’ association to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dr. Borlaug’s birth.

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New International Partnership will Unlock Wheat’s Potential

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Launched on 26 March 2014 at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, the new International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) brings together research funders, international aid agencies, foundations, companies and major wheat research organizations to increase wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034. This will address demand for wheat – one of the world's most important crops – that is growing much faster than production.

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Wheat news

  • Advice by mobile - a viable model?

    Advice by mobile - a viable model?

    Can mobile phones deliver timely information to farmers? Surabhi Mittal, CIMMYT agricultural economist, is featured in the New Agriculturist and discusses the role of mobile phones to respond to farmers' information needs in India. 

  • Has wheat reached its full genetic potential?

    Has wheat reached its full genetic potential?

    In this six-part series, Richard Trethowan, Generation Challenge Program's (GCP) Product Delivery Coordinator for wheat, answers the following questions: Why invest in wheat research? Has wheat reached its full genetic potential? Has it exhausted its geographic limits?

  • Scoping study on wheat and women in South Asia

    Scoping study on wheat and women in South Asia

    In South Asia, poverty and gender inequalities have a significant impact on the status of agriculture, food security and nutrition. WHEAT engaged with social science researcher to support further gender analysis.

  • Farming systems design: to feed a changing world

    Farming systems design: to feed a changing world

    The 4th International Farming Systems Design Symposium organized by WHEAT CRP Chinese partner Gansu Academy of Agricultural Sciences and others, took place in Lanzhou, China, last August. 

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Recurrent food crises combined with climate change, natural resources depletion, and food prices threaten the livelihoods of millions of poor people.
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Accounting for a fifth of humanity's food, wheat is second only to rice as a source of calories in the diets of developing country consumers, and it is first as a source of protein.
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Wheat is an especially critical "staff of life" for the approximately 1.2 billion "wheat dependent" to 2.5 billion "wheat consuming" poor.
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Demand for wheat in the developing world is projected to increase 60 percent by 2050.
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At the same time, climate-change-induced temperature increases are likely to reduce wheat production in developing countries by 20-30 percent.