• Wheat rust researcher named AAAS fellow

    Scientist Ravi Singh is in Washington this week to officially become a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).”

  • Early-sown wheat beats South Asia heat

    With support from WHEAT experts, farmers in northern India are sowing their wheat crop right after rice harvest, taking advantage of the residual moisture and allowing the wheat to mature before sweltering pre-monsoon weather hits.

  • Mobilizing seed bank diversity for wheat improvement

    Molecular analysis of genetic diversity in more than 1,400 bread wheat seed collections reveals crucial diversity that breeders can use to bolster the crop's tolerance to heat and drought.

  • NAAS fellow M.L. Jat talks about climate change, sustainable agriculture

    CIMMYT senior scientist M.L. Jat, who has received India’s National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) fellowship in Natural Resource Management, talks about developing and spreading conservation agriculture-based farming systems in South Asia.

  • Call for Applications for Basic Wheat Improvement Course

    The Basic Wheat Improvement Course will run from February 20- May 25, 2016 and will focus on practical aspects of breeding, pathology, physiology and wheat quality. Trainees will participate in lectures, workshops, seminars and field work covered by CIMMYT scientists and guest lecturers.

Recurrent food crises, climate change, natural resources depletion and food prices threaten the livelihoods of millions.
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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.