• Rising Temperatures, Falling Wheat Yields

    For every 1 degree C increase in mean growing season temperatures, wheat production decreases by six percent, a recent study in the leading science journal, Nature Climate Change, reveals.

  • Important Note: WHEAT Management and Governance Changes

    Guided by 2014 recommendations of the CGIAR Independent Evaluation Arrangement, WHEAT has established an Independent Steering Committee, appointed a WHEAT Director and will help CIMMYT and ICARDA to set up a single, global wheat research and development program for both centers.

  • Honoring the Life and Legacy of Wilfred Mwangi, CIMMYT Agricultural Economist

    The CIMMYT community celebrates the illustrious life and mourns the passing on 11 December of Wilfred M. Mwangi, distinguished Kenyan scholar, statesman and researcher who dedicated his career to improving the food security and livelihoods of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • WHEAT Takes on Heat and Drought at HeDWIC

    Have you been experiencing extreme heat? Everlasting droughts? And still don't think climate change is affecting you during this lifetime?

  • Wheat in the World: An Interview With Nora Lapitan

    Dr. Nora Lapitan, Senior Scientist Advisor for the U.S.Agency for International Development, discusses the importance of wheat for global food security in her visit to CIMMYT headquarters.

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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.