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In the face of a climate catastrophe, the CIMMYT Full form is International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center which is a global organisation dedicated to non-profit agricultural research and training that equips farmers with the knowledge and tools they need to feed the globe. CIMMYT seeks to create a future with healthier and wealthier people, free from global food crises, and with more resilient agri-food systems by putting top-notch science and solid partnerships to use. The research of CIMMYT improves farmer productivity and income while easing the effects of the climate crisis and lowering agriculture’s environmental impact.

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To increase farm productivity in Mexico, the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation supported a pilot programme that gave birth to CIMMYT. Under Norman E. Borlaug’s scientific direction, the initiative created wheat varieties with better yields, more excellent disease resistance, and consistent yields under varying environmental conditions for developing nations.

In the 1950s, these cultivars assisted Mexico in becoming self-sufficient in producing wheat. The same cultivars helped India and Pakistan avoid famine and generate record crops in the 1960s and 1970s. The “Green Revolution” was the term used to describe the broad adoption of better cultivars and farming techniques. In recognition of his contributions to the Green Revolution, Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 while overseeing CIMMYT’s wheat research.

CIMMYT Overview

CIMMYTInternational Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
HeadquartersState of Mexico
Managing DirectorMartin Kropff
MethodSocial science research
Official languagesEnglish

CIMMYT Objectives

The strategic plan for CIMMYT gives us the direction we need to carry out our purpose and significantly advance the larger development agenda. Principal objectives:

  1. Improving the impact of research
  2. Accelerating genetic progress with new tools and diversity
  3. Creating and expanding access to types that can withstand stress
  4. Sustainable intensification for more favourable living conditions
  5. Enhancing food quality and nutrition

It also marks a shift in our focus from commodity-based research to an integrated approach centring on agri-food systems – a change that we believe is critical for working more effectively to strengthen food security, reduce poverty and enhance human nutrition.

Maize and wheat science for improved livelihoods

A future free from the prospect of a global food crisis, with healthier and wealthier populations, and with more durable agri-food systems is what CIMMYT helps to create.

The aim of CIMMYT, which is to improve livelihoods via maize and wheat science, is accomplished through an integrated strategy of great science for effect, carried out by partnerships with a heavy emphasis on capacity building. Our integrating philosophy, “ONE CIMMYT,” which ensures that we strive toward the same mission and vision, lies at the heart of this strategy.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Full Form of CIMMYT?

The Full Form of CIMMYT is International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.

When CIMMYT is established?

It is officially formed in 1971.

What is the main purpose of CIMMYT?

The main purpose is to create more dependable wheat and maize cultivars and environmentally friendly farming techniques in order to improve global poverty.

Who is the Director General of CIMMYT?

Martin Kropff is the Director General of CIMMYT.

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