It is with great pleasure that we provide you with the second version of our Vision Paper, “An International Vision for Wheat Improvement”.

Please note that this version of the Vision Paper has been updated specifically for the First International Wheat Congress, which will take place in Saskatoon in July 2019. The Wheat Initiative (WI) aims to produce a third version of the Vision Paper, comprised of more thorough changes and updates, later in 2019.

The original Vision Paper was published in May 2013, when the Wheat Initiative (WI) was conducting activities from France under the direction of Hélène Lucas. Since then, the WI moved its offices to the Julius Kühn-Institute, the German Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, in Berlin-Dahlem, Germany. Thus, the management structure was changed as Alisa-Naomi Sieber was appointed to the new role of overall Programme Manager. Peter Langridge was appointed as the interim Scientific Coordinator, in addition to his role as the Chair of the Scientific Board. The relocation to Berlin was welcomed with strong support from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). 

In the pages that follow, you will find information pertaining to WI’s mission and vision, global challenges facing wheat, goals for the next decades, and more. If you are interested in getting involved with the Wheat Initiative or learning about how you can further promote the international vision for wheat improvement, please send your inquiry to

A selection of pages from our Vision Paper can be seen below.

If you would like to access the full Vision Paper, please click here.