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Wheat Initiative

The Wheat Initiative was created in 2011 following endorsement from the G20 Agriculture Ministries.

Wheat Initiative


The Wheat Initiative fosters communication between the public and private research community, funders and global policymakers. It provides a framework to establish strategic research and organisation priorities for wheat research at an international level.


The Wheat Initiative currently brings together 15 countries, two international research organisations and nine private companies, whilst continuously welcoming new public and private members.

An international vision for wheat improvement

The Wheat Initiative launched An international vision for wheat improvement (PDF) in May 2013 to outline its vision and mission.

  • Vision: to promote a vibrant global wheat research community sharing resources, capabilities, data and ideas to improve wheat land productivity, quality and sustainable production
  • Mission: to develop a global strategic research agenda and support its implementation through coordinated actions, knowledge and resource sharing and efficient investment

Expert Working Groups (EWGs)

Through its Expert Working Groups, the Wheat Initiative identifies potential synergies and nurtures collaborations between research and development programs for wheat improvement in both developed and developing countries. EWGs deliver state-of-the-art, as well as gap analysis, and formulate recommendations addressing the research or organisational area for which they were created. They may undertake collaborative actions or foster the creation of international research programmes.

Participation to all EWGs remains open through call for experts.

Established EWGs

  • Wheat information system
  • International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC)
  • Genetics and genomics of durum wheat
  • Wheat breeding methods and strategies
  • Wheat phenotyping to support wheat improvement
  • Wheat plant and crop modelling

Newly approved EWGs

  • Control of wheat pathogens and pests
  • Adaptation of wheat to abiotic stress

EWGs under development

  • Genetic resources
  • Quality
  • Nutrient use efficiency
  • Agronomy