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CIMMYT grew out of a pilot program sponsored by the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1940s and 50s and aimed at raising farm productivity in Mexico.
Under the scientific leadership of Norman E. Borlaug, the program developed higher yielding wheat varieties that were more resistant to diseases and provided stable yields in changing conditions for developing countries.
These varieties helped Mexico attain self-sufficiency in wheat production in the 1950s. In the 1960s and 70s, the same varieties helped India and Pakistan to stave off famine and produce record harvests.
The widespread adoption of improved varieties and farming practices that ensued was called the “Green Revolution.”
In 1970, Borlaug, who was leading wheat research at CIMMYT, received the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Green Revolution.