HeDWIC’s value and impact

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.