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Perspectives in Global Development Seminar Series: Spring 2022Climate-focused research aims to help smallholder farmers adapt to climate shocks and to raise and maintain high yields profitably and, most of all, sustainably by reducing GHG emissions. At the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), we have undertaken extensive research on climate change adaptation and mitigation in maize and wheat-based systems across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The outcomes have been thousands of new high-yielding, heat and drought tolerant, pest and disease resistant, nutritious maize and wheat varieties, and conservation agriculture-based practices and technologies that increase soil nutrient and water use efficiency to reduce water, fertilizer and energy consumption at the farm level. In other words, advances in agronomic practices seek to increase resource use efficiency to help reduce GHG and adapt agriculture to weather variabilities and extreme climate events. Researchers at CIMMYT are confident that improved seeds combined with conservation and precision agriculture increase yields sustainably by reducing the emissions intensity of maize and wheat systems and preventing, in turn, further changes of land use for agricultural activities. With this purpose, CIMMYT scales out conservation agriculture-based sustainable intensification practices and technologies to accelerate a transition to the more efficient, resilient, inclusive and sustainable cereal systems that the world needs today.About the speakerGovaerts is Director General a.i. (Secretary General and CEO) of CIMMYT and a A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell. Specializing in bioscience engineering and soil science, Govaerts is renowned for pioneering, implementing, and inspiring transformational changes for farmers and consumers. Committed to meeting sustainable development challenges in agri-food systems, he brings together multi-disciplinary teams to stimulate change through multi-stakehol