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Maize Lethal Necrosis Diagnostics and Prevention of Seed Transmission

Maize is the main staple food for several million families in sub-Saharan Africa. The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease, which appeared in the region in 2011, has caused major losses to maize crops, …


Water Efficient Maize for Africa

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa partnership was launched in March 2008 to help farmers manage the risk of drought by developing and deploying maize varieties that yield 24 to 35 percent more grai …


WEMA hybrid launch to benefit maize farmers in Africa

Through the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, 13 maize hybrids were approved for commercial production by relevant authorities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa between Octobe …


Maize that packs a punch in face of adversity: unveiling new branded varieties for Africa

Even in the best years, significant swathes of sub-Saharan Africa suffer from recurrent drought. Drought wreaks havoc on the livelihoods of millions of Africans – livelihoods heavily leaning on rain-d …


Martin Kropff, new CIMMYT Director General, embraces science for impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Martin Kropff, who takes the helm as director general at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) this week, considers science th …


“In Mozambique, you cannot talk about food security without talking about maize”

IIAM’s site for confined field trials at Chokwe. Good news from Africa! Policy breakthroughs on transgenic research in Mozambique and Tanzania have led to approval of confined field trials (CFTs) and …


IMAS technical staff undergo training to manage risks during confined field trials

Participants mark the field during the practical segment of the training session. Picture: Titus Kosgei/CIMMYT By Florence Sipalla Ten members of the technical staff from the Improved Maize for Africa …


CIMMYT featured on ‘Shamba Shape Up’

By Katharine MacMahon/ Media Manager, Shamba Shape Up As the new season of Shamba Shape Up, Kenya’s hit TV series, gets under way, CIMMYT and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) have …


Breeders trained on molecular markers data analysis in Tanzania

By Kassa Semagn/CIMMYT   A training course held in Tanzania provided maize breeders with hands-on experience in using molecular markers for quality control analysis (genetic identity, genetic pur …


CIMMYT partners to combat parasite

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT A partnership launched on 3 February by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation and led by the African Agricultural Techno …


Monsanto recognized for CIMMYT collaboration

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Stephen Mugo, CIMMYT; Jesús Madrazo, Monsanto; and John McMurdy, USAID, members of the WEMA Partnership at the ND-GAIN Award program. Photo: Courtesy of Monsanto Monsanto receive …


Kenya: Seed companies see maize hybrids

By Michael Arunga/CIMMYT Informative presentations, lively discussions and a research station field trip were highlights of a Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) course on maize seed production an …


Trained maize breeders can bring huge benefits to Africa

By Cosmos Magorokosho/CIMMYT Photo: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT CIMMYT recently conducted an intensive, three-week course in Kenya for 37 young maize breeders – including 10 women – to provide them the know …


Tackling toxins with aflasafe™

“All the maize for my home consumption comes from my aflasafe™-treated field,” says farmer Alhaji Al-Hassan from Nigeria’s Kaduna State. “When I take my maize to the market, buyers rush for it because …


Confined field trial of drought-tolerant maize yields promising results

The fourth confined field trial of MON87460, a genetically modified maize variety developed to tolerate moderate drought, recently concluded at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in Kibo …


High expectations among stakeholders as WEMA Phase II kicks off

During 4-8 February 2013, stakeholders of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Fifth Review and Planning Meeting to discuss achievements and challeng …


New maize brings hope to farmers in Striga-infested regions in Tanzania and Uganda

For many years, farmers in Tanzania have desperately tried to control the parasitic flowering plant Striga spp.—popularly known as witchweed—that can make maize farming nearly impossible in regions of …


Training to build maize breeding capacity in Africa

Thirty-six senior maize breeders from fifteen African countries participated in a course in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1 to 4 October 2012. The course attracted participants from national agricultural resea …


WEMA prepares for commercial release of new varieties

Twenty-nine drought-tolerant, early maturing, disease-resistant hybrids developed by the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project are getting ready to be released, a huge success for WEMA and a …


Global partnership protects Africa’s maize from parasitic plant

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 9, September 2008 Looks can deceive. Striga, a deadly parasitic plant, produces a lovely flower but sucks the life and yields out of crops across Africa and Asia. A new strain …