Impacts of International Wheat Breeding in the Developing World

A CIMMYT survey of 43 countries showed that between 1988 and 2002, public national research organizations and private companies in the developing world released nearly 1,700 new wheat varieties, of which about 75 percent have some CIMMYT ancestry. Using 2002 adoption data, the additional annual production attributable to CIMMYT wheat breeding research is valued at US$0.5 to $3.9 billion, depending on the assumptions used. Whatever assumptions are used, the sum is equivalent to many times CIMMYT's annual investment in wheat breeding research.