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CIMMYT’s knowledge sharing efforts contribute to improved seed production in Africa

A training held from June 13 – 23, 2016 emphasized hand pollination in maize variety development and seed multiplication.


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, …


Changing the pace of maize breeding in Africa through doubled-haploid technology

Two words – accelerated breeding – are synonymous to doubled-haploid (DH) based maize breeding. This was the core message shared with 56 maize breeders from 10 African countries who recently participa …


Video: maize lethal necrosis threatens Africa’s food security

Felister Makini, KALRO (Crop System) Maize, one of Africa’s most important food crops, is under real threat because of maize lethal necrosis (MLN). The disease has adversely affected maize fields in K …


Maize lethal necrosis poses serious threat to East Africa’s seed sector

The International Conference on MLN Diagnostics and Management in Africa, held on 12-14 May 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, is the second meeting CIMMYT has organized this year on maize lethal necrosis (MLN), …


Sin in the seed: meeting of the minds to combat maize lethal necrosis

“We are all gravely concerned about the rapid spread of maize lethal necrosis [MLN], not just due to the wide prevalence of insect vectors that can transmit the MLN-causing viruses, but also due to pr …


CIMMYT Remembers Vital Legacy of Gender Specialist Paula Kantor

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – CIMMYT is sad to announce the tragic death of our friend and respected colleague, gender and development specialist Paula Kantor. Paula died on May 13, in the aftermath of …


Africa’s Food Security Threatened by Deadly Maize Disease

Scientists, policymakers, seed companies and regulators converge to seek solutions on maize lethal necrosis Nairobi, Kenya, May 11, 2015 – More than 150 participants will gather in Nairobi for an inte …


MLN diagnostics and management in Africa through multi-institutional synergies

Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease has continued to wreak havoc on maize production in East Africa since it was first reported in Kenya in 2011, and since then reported in the Democratic Republic of …


Course gives managers better understanding of seed business

By Diriba Hika/CIMMYT A training session on seed business management gave Ethiopian agriculture managers a deeper knowledge that they said would enable them to help fill the gap in the supply of quali …


Working group to enhance seed delivery to African farmers formed

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT DTMA project leader Tsedeke Abate takes notes as AGRA-PASS director Joseph DeVries’ makes his presentation. Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT The Drought Tolerant Maize for Afr …


Partnerships deliver drought-tolerant maize to African farmers

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Partners from 13 countries working with the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project said they benefitted from its help during the 201 …


Partnering to build the capacity of seed companies in Africa

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT seed sytems lead John MacRobert facilitates a SEMIs seed production class at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Nairobi. Photo: D …


International Symposium on the Green Revolution in Africa

The African Network for Soil Biology and Fertility (AfNet) in collaboration with the Soil Fertility Consortium for Southern Africa (SOFECSA) held an International Symposium entitled “Innovations as Ke …