Science and innovation for a food and nutrition secure world: CIMMYT´s 2030 strategy
Escalating conflict, a pandemic, economic stagnation, rising levels of poverty and social inequality, intensifying effects of the climate crisis and global natural resource degradation are just a few of the challenges that are driving unprecedented levels of need in 2023. We are currently experiencing our third food price crisis in 15 years (2007-2008, 2011-2012, 2021/2022 and beyond) and, as with previous events, many of the drivers of the current food crisis are systemically linked to commodity speculation, poverty, climate change and conflict. Recognizing this, it is clear that, in addition to supporting the 313.5 million people in need, all organizations with a mandate to contribute to the development sector must also consider which transformations in the underlying systems they can help bring about, to reduce vulnerability in the medium to long term. CIMMYT is an ambitious, public, international organization that is dedicated to solving tomorrow’s problems today. We are committed to leveraging our skills and expertise to sustainably improve the livelihoods and resilience of resource-poor smallholder famers in the global south, while working towards a more productive, inclusive and environmentally sound agrifood system. CIMMYT will not undertake this work alone. The challenges facing the global community must be overcome through partnership and cooperation. This ambition is evidenced by CIMMYT’s closest partners and its role within CGIAR: “Food unites the world, and powers us forward. Today a powerful and unified global effort is needed to equip food systems to advance human and planetary health to their full potential”. CIMMYT is an organization that operates globally. To ensure that each branch of the Center functions efficiently and can collaborate towards the achievement of the Center’s vision, and thereby the One CGIAR vision and mission, this 2030 Strategy has been subdivided into six strategic components. CIMMYT’s scientific research and innovation is captured in the Excellence in Science and Innovation component. This is supported by five others: Excellence in Operations, Talent Management, Resource Mobilization, Partnership and Influence and advocacy for impact.