CIMMYT Annual Report 2012: Agricultural research for development improves food security

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CIMMYT Annual Report 2012: Agricultural research for development improves food security. 2013. CIMMYT, Int.. : 28 p.. Mexico, DF (Mexico). CIMMYT. Series: CIMMYT Annual Report.

98208.pdfThe work of CIMMYT and its many valued partners on maize and wheat farming systems is more  important now than at any time in the organization’s history. Our planet’s expanding population,  changing diets, limited natural resources, demand for bio-fuels and increasingly variable climate  are all putting extraordinary pressure on the global food system. The evidence is all around us. In  2012, for the third time in less than six years, we faced a global food price crisis with international  maize prices reaching levels double those of just two years prior. In the wake of the Arab Spring,  two major wheat production and cereal importing areas, North Africa and the Middle East, remain  highly stressed by rising wheat prices. In recent years average wheat imports for all of Africa have  reached more than 35 million tons annually, costing the continent’s nations more than US$12 billion and threatening the supply of wheat products for resource-poor consumers.

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