• Durum Wheat Production in Pakistan: Keeping up with Changing Demands

    In response to rapidly-changing food preferences in Pakistan, including a latent unmet demand for pasta products, CIMMYT-Pakistan has been working to develop the country’s durum wheat market and varieties that satisfy the required grain quality attributes, in addition to high yields and disease resistance.

  • Forty Years of Wheat Training at CIMMYT

    “After three months, you will be a part of the CIMMYT family,” said Amor Yahyaoui, Global Wheat Program (GWP) Training Officer, as he addressed the 30 participants in the Basic Wheat Improvement Course (BWIC) on their first day at CIMMYT Headquarters, El Batán.

  • WHEAT and CIMMYT Remember Vital Legacy of Gender Specialist Paula Kantor

    CIMMYT is sad to announce the tragic death of our friend and respected colleague, gender and development specialist Paula Kantor.

  • CSISA Aids Female Farmers in India

    The Cereal Systems for South Asia (CSISA) project is working with female farmers in Bihar to ensure that women are learning and developing new skills and getting information on improved farming technologies and practices.

  • WHEAT Independent Evaluation Now Available

    The Final Report of the Evaluation of "WHEAT" led by the CGIAR Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA), as well as the response of WHEAT management to the report are now available online.

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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.