A Global Agricultural Research Partnership

CGIAR Research Program on Wheat

Led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (WHEAT) builds on the input, strength, and collaboration of public and private sector partners to catalyze and head an emergent, highly-distributed, virtual global wheat innovation network that will improve productivity and food security in wheat-based cropping areas of the developing world. It couples discovery science in advanced research institutes with national research and extension programs serving the poor in developing countries.

The strategy includes impact-focused research and development for technology targeting, sustainable wheat-based cropping systems, nutrient- and water-use efficiency, productive wheat varieties, durable resistance and management of wheat diseases and pests, enhanced heat and drought tolerance, cutting-edge research to break the wheat yield barrier, more and better seed to farmers, comprehensive use of the native diversity of wheat and its wild relatives, and capacity building.

WHEAT will be implemented with more than 200 partners from:

Bioversity International
Generation Challenge Programme


Victor Kommerell
WHEAT Program Manager
Email: v.kommerell AT cgiar.org


Wheat Facts and Fiction

Wheat is the most widely cultivated cereal worldwide, providing micronutrients and up to 20 percent of dietary protein for 4.5 billion people in 94 developing countries. Changing diets and the ability of wheat to adapt to different conditions has expan…

Nepal Project Explores Wheat Diversity

A CIMMYT project in Nepal made significant progress in identifying local wheat diversity last year. Members of a seed cooperative in the Changathali village, Lalitpur district near Kathmandu, Nepal. The group has been practicing participatoryvarietal s…



Borlaug’s Scientific Legacy

Presentation of Dr. Hans-Joachim Braun (Global Wheat Program, CIMMYT) at Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security. March 25 – 28, 2014, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. http://www.borlaug100.org

Press Clippings

A wheat oasis amid the desert

The Yaqui Valley in north-west Mexico is an oasis of irrigated agriculture surrounded by a vast desert – an environment which is surprisingly ideal for breeding and developing wheat varieties suited to Australian conditions.


Combating the threat of Wheat Stripe (Yellow) Rust

Combating the threat of Wheat Stripe (Yellow) Rust When a breakout of stripe rust swept across Ethiopia in 2010, prompted by unusual temperature and rain patterns, it decimated large areas of wheat crops and left the farmers devastated. A fast-track cr…

Has wheat reached its full genetic potential?

In this six-part series, Richard Trethowan, Generation Challenge Program’s (GCP) Product Delivery Coordinator for wheat, answers the following questions: Why invest in wheat research? Has wheat reached its full genetic potential? Has it exhausted…

Why is wheat a strategic crop for Africa?

Why is wheat a strategic crop for Africa? In the 1990′s, economists considered wheat to be a “minor food” for consumers in sub-Saharan Africa. But wheat is a no longer a minor crop. African countries will spend about US$20 billion to …