High yielding wheat varieties with heat and drought tolerance
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Wheat is an important food crop globally, and holds special significance in the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region. However, wheat productivity in CWANA region, which is already very low (2 t/ha as compared to the 3 t/ha world average), is facing serious threats from impacts of climate change, such as rising temperatures, recurring droughts and floods, and emergence of new pests and diseases like stripe rust, yellow rust and stem rust (Ug99). ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ ￼￼ICARDA’s projects in collaboration with the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and national partners through the support of CGIAR Research Program WHEAT and bilateral funding, are developing climate smart wheat technologies with high yield and heat and drought resistance to combat the effects of climate change and enhance sustainable wheat production across the CWANA region and beyond.