The 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.
Tags: Agricultural research, Cropping systems, Developing Countries, Economic analysis, Food security, genetic resources, Innovation adoption, Maize, Organization of research, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Breeding, Research policies, Seed production, Sustainability, wheat
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