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


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…



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.

Press Clippings


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…