The CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (WHEAT) is part of an international, collaborative effort to raise the productivity of wheat farming systems, address the global threat of stem rust disease and help wheat farmers in developing countries grow their crops in hotter conditions with less water and less fertilizer.
  • WHEAT Celebrates the International Day of Rural Women

    Each year, 16 October is recognized worldwide as the International Day of Rural Women. The United Nations (UN) states that the role and contribution of rural women is crucial in enhancing agriculture and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

  • WHEAT Partner Priority Survey

    The 92 respondents included national agricultural research institutes, universities, private companies, NGOs and international research organizations. They provided information on institutional priorities, engagement and activities in Strategic Initiatives, as well as priorities for investment and desired outcomes in international agricultural R4D.

  • New Integrated Breeding Platform Launched

    Developed with coordination by the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme and contributions from numerous partners and several key funders, the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) offers vanguard technology and quality services for both traditional and modern breeding at low-to-no cost.

  • World Food Prize Honors CIMMYT’s Bram Govaerts with the “2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application”

    Dr. Bram Govaerts, associate director of CIMMYT’s global conservation agricultural program and leader of the joint CIMMYT-government of Mexico major initiative known as as the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro), will receive the 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application.

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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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At the same time, climate-change-induced temperature increases are likely to reduce wheat production in developing countries by 20-30 percent.
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Demand for wheat in the developing world is projected to increase 60 percent by 2050.