With the new wheat varieties that HeDWIC helps develop, wheat farmers and consumers will have more reliable food and income. Farmers will also be better able to cope with a changing climate, reducing risk of catastrophic wheat crop losses. HeDWIC enables a better-coordinated wheat research and development community, while training the next generation of crop experts to tackle new problems as they evolve. Furthermore, HeDWIC provides a research, organizational and capacity building model that can benefit other important food crops.
HeDWIC adds value and creates impact by:
- Facilitating global coordination of wheat research related to heat and drought stress (see Collaboration).
- Developing research and breeding technologies in response to the priorities of stakeholders (researchers, breeders, farmers, seed companies, national programs, and funding organizations) (see Projects).
- Connecting geographically and agro-climatically diverse sites for rigorous testing of promising concepts (see Global Network).
- Curating data resources for use by the global wheat research community (see Resources).
- Accelerating the deployment of new knowledge and strategies for developing more climate resilient wheat (see Resources).
- Preparing a new generation of promising young scientists from climate-affected regions to tackle crop improvement challenges faced by their own countries (see Doctoral Training Program).
- Building additional scientific capacity of wheat researchers in a coordinated fashion that enables a faster response to productivity threats associated with climate change.
- Enabling farmers to adapt to wheat production in a hotter and drier climate faster due to the coordinated effort and synergy lent by HeDWIC.