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Why Invest in Wheat Research?

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Published on Nov 13, 2012

Wheat is the most important food crop worldwide and a principal source of nutrients in some of the poorest countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. But wheat, like all living organisms, is unimaginably complex.

CIMMYT scientist Matthew Reynolds believes that for this reason we need a whole consortium of scientists to improve its yield. This video highlights work that has already been done to increase the productivity of wheat through research in spike photosynthesis, roots and breeding. Because when it comes down to it, crop yields cannot be improved overnight, certainly not sustainably. It takes time and investment, and by planning ahead we are actually trying to preempt a disaster, with research and with partnership.

To learn more about how CIMMYT is improving wheat and fighting world hunger, visit CIMMYT.org and Wheat.org

CREDITS:
Written by Mary Attaway and Matthew Reynolds
Filmed, edited and produced by Mary Attaway

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