CIMMYT, or the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), is the premier international wheat research center.
Headquartered in Mexico, CIMMYT grew out of a project sponsored by the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation led by the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution.
Today, CIMMYT and its partners conduct research in more than 100 countries, aiming to increase the sustainability and productivity of maize (corn) and wheat to ensure global food security and reduce poverty.
ICARDA, or the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, is headquartered near Aleppo, Syria. Similar in mission to CIMMYT, ICARDA focuses on crops that are produced in non-tropical dry areas, including wheat, barley and legumes.
Both research organizations are part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, known as the CGIAR, which was established in 1971.
U.S. scientists collaborate closely with CGIAR scientists to address chronic and emerging diseases like Ug99, improve management systems and reduce the impact of environmental stresses on major crops.
CIMMYT, ICARDA and the CGIAR system receive funding from the United States’ federal government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).