Mexico, Headquarters

Visiting address: Carretera México-Veracruz, Km. 45, El Batán, 56237, Texcoco • Postal address:
Apdo. Postal 041, C.A.P. Plaza Galerías, Col. Verónica Anzures, 11305 Ciudad de México
• Phone: +52 55 5804 2004
• Fax: +52 55 5804 7658
• Director General:
Martin Kropff (


Visiting address: House #10/B, Road #53 Gulshan-2, Dhaka 1212 • Postal address: P.O. Box 6057, Gulshan-1, Dhaka 1212
• Phone: +88 02 9896676, +88 02 9894278
• Fax: +88 02 9896676, +88 02 9894278 Ext. 115
• Administrative Contacts:
Raihan Sadaat (
Dhon Raj Lama (
• Country Representative:
Timothy J. Krupnik (


Visiting address and postal address: Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), 12 Zhongguancun South Street, Beijing 100081
• Phone: +86 10 8210 5691
• Fax: +86 10 8210 8547
• Administrative Contact:
Xin Wang (
• Country Representative:
Zhonghu He (


Visiting address: CIAT, Km. 17 Recta Cali-Palmira • Postal address: C.P. 763537 A.A. 6713 Palmira, Valle del Cauca
• Phone: +57 2 4450025, +57 2 4450095
• Fax: +57 2 4450000 ext. 3025
• Administrative Contact:
Janeth Bolaños (
• Country Representative:
Bram Govaerts ( 


Visiting address: ILRI Sholla Campus, CMC Road, Addis Ababa • Postal address: c/o ILRI/CIMMYT, P.O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa
• Phone: +251 11 6462324,
+251 11 6462326, +251 11 6462327,
+251 11 6172000
• Fax: +251 11 6676923, +251 116172001
• Administrative Contact:
Tadele Asfaw (
• Country Representative:
Bekele Abeyo (


Visiting address and postal address: G2, B Block, National Agricultural Science Centre Complex (NASC), Dev Prakash Shastri Marg, New Delhi, 110012
• Phone: +91 11 25842940
• Fax: +91 11 25842938
• Administrative Contact:
Meenakshi Chandiramani (
• Country Representative:
Arun Kumar Joshi (


Visiting address: Office #207, House 10, B. Maylin Str., Astana 010000 • Postal address: P.O. Box 9, Astana, 010000
• Phone: +7 7172 343713
• Fax: +7 7172 343713
• Administrative Contact: Zhanar Askarova
• Country Representative:
Muratbek Karabayev (


Visiting address: ICRAF House, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi
• Postal address: P.O. Box 1041-00621, Village Market, Nairobi
• Phone: +254 20 722 4600
• Fax: +254 20 722 4601
• Administrative Contact:
Esther Mbaka (
• Country Representative:
Stephen Mugo (


Visiting address: Agric. Botany Division-1st floor, NARC Research Station, Khumaltar, Lalitpur • Postal address: P.O. Box no. 5186, Kathmandu
• Phone: +977 155 25490
• Administrative Contact:
Binaya Parajuli (
• Country Representative:
Peter Craufurd (


Visiting address and postal address: CSI Complex NARC, Park Road, Islamabad
• Phone: +92 51 9255522-24
• Fax: +92 51 9255434
• Administrative Contact:
Awais Yaqub (
• Country Representative:
Muhammad Imtiaz (


Visiting address: Gayret Mahallesi Sehit Cem Ersever Caddesi 9/11, Tarla Bitkileri Arastirma Enstitusu 06170, Yenimahalle, Ankara • Postal address: P.K. 39 06511, Emek/Ankara
• Phone: +90 312 344 8777, +90 312 344 8327, +90 312 344 1631,
+90 312 344 1327, +90 312 344 1657
• Fax: +90 312 327 0798
• Administrative Contact:
Oytun Sezer (
• Country Representative:
Abdelfattah Dababat (


Visiting adress: 12.5 KM Peg, Mazowe Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare
• Postal address: P.O. Box MP163, Harare,
• Phone: +263 772 469 211, +263 772 469 212
• Administrative Contact:
Tawanda Mushandu (
• Country Representative: Cosmos
Magorokosho (

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Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation (Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria)
Agricultural Transformation Agency
Borlaug Institute in South Asia
Breeding Advanced Programming Interface
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security
International Center for Tropical Agriculture
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
CGIAR Research Program
Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia
Central Soil Salinity Research Institute
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform
Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas
International Food Policy Research Institute
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
International Institute for Tropical Agriculture
Mexico's National Forestry, Crops and Livestock Research Institute (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias)
International Rice Research Institute
CGIAR Research Program on Maize
Middle East and North Africa
Millennium Development Goals
Open Data Kit
Open-pollinated variety
Polyethylene terephthalate
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Research and Development
Mexico's Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (Secretaría de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural)
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Straw Management System
Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa
Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics
United Nations
United States Agency for International Development
CGIAR Research Program on Wheat

Sustainable Development Goals

On September 24, 2013, the newly formed United Nations (UN) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held its first meeting. At the Rio+20 Conference, Member States also agreed to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were to build upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were established in 2000 and expired in 2015.

Of the 17 individual goals, 10 relate directly to CGIAR activities and to CIMMYT’s mandate. The SDGs have set the pathway for the next 15 years of agricultural, social, and economic development. Likewise, CGIAR has transformed its approach to ensure that its work aligns with the ambitious goals.

CIMMYT, through its research for development activities, is working toward a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation. CIMMYT and CGIAR efforts help bring the world closer to reaching the goals, such as the empowerment of women, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the improvement of health and nutrition for the world’s poorest people.

CIMMYT’s work contributes to the following SDGs:


CIMMYT — the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center — is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. Headquartered near Mexico City, CIMMYT works with hundreds of partners throughout the developing world to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems, thus improving global food security and reducing poverty. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat and the Excellence in Breeding Platform. The Center receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.

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