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National maize stem borer mass rearing laboratory inaugurated in Pakistan

CIMMYT inaugurated the first national maize stem borer mass rearing laboratory at the National Agricultural Research Center in Islamabad on 25 October 2016.


How improved maize gives options to farmers

Improved seeds resilient to drought, disease and other stresses allow farming families to invest more in their livelihoods and children’s futures.


Millions of smallholders in Africa benefit from climate resilient drought-tolerant maize

At least 40 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are profiting from more than 200 new drought-tolerant varieties of maize.


Reviewing progress and impacts of two core maize projects as they wind up work in sub-Saharan Africa

Joseph Mulei on his farm in Machakos County, Kenya, where he planted several drought tolerant hybrid maize varieties including Drought Tego and Sawa (DSL H103). Photo: Brenda Wawa/CIMMYT. About 100 pa …


CIMMYT is recognized for its role in strengthening Malawi’s maize seed system

CIMMYT receives an award in recognition of its efforts and contributions towards developing and strengthening Malawi’s maize seed system


CIMMYT empowers a new generation of maize breeders in Zambia

CIMMYT conducted a training course in Zambia for maize breeders teaching modern maize breeding methods.


Traditional chiefs in eastern Zambia learn about sustainable intensification

By Walter Mupangwa and Christian Thierfelder/CIMMYT The quiet Khokwe village in the Chanje Central Block in Chipata district, Zambia, was buzzing with activity on 2 April when six traditional chiefs v …


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 …


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 …


Three new drought-tolerant maize hybrids released in Malawi

Three drought-tolerant maize hybrids performing well in drought-prone areas and tolerant of Malawi’s major maize diseases have been released in Malawi. The new hybrids, said a member of the Agricultur …


Provitamin A biofortified orange maize reaches farmers in Zambia

With over 50% of Zambian children under five vitamin A deficient, Zambia faces a major public health problem. This has resulted in several government intervention programs including vitamin A suppleme …


New doubled haploid facility will strengthen maize breeding in Africa

CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program will establish and operate a maize doubled haploid (DH) facility in Kiboko, Kenya. With financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this centralized D …


CIMMYT mourns the passing of Twumasi-Afriyie, creator of the quality protein maize Obatanpa

On 03 January 2013, 63-year-old Ghanaian-born maize breeder Strafford Twumasi-Afriyie succumbed to cancer, leaving a substantive legacy that includes the creation of the world’s most widely-sown quali …


CIMMYT and IITA training on management of seed production and maize field trials

During 27 August – 1 September 2012, the Drought Tolerant Maize in Africa (DTMA) project held a training course on management of field trials and nurseries and seed production of open pollinated and h …


Tsedeke Abate joins CIMMYT as DTMA Project Leader

A citizen of Ethiopia, Tsedeke Abate joined CIMMYT Global Maize Program on 08 May 2012, and has taken over responsibilities from Wilfred Mwangi as the project leader of the Drought Tolerant Maize for …


DTMA partners in West Africa gather for annual regional planning meeting

The Regional Planning Meeting for phase III of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project was held in Kumasi, Ghana, during the week of 16-19 April 2012. The objectives of this meeting were …


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 …


Maize without borders: Reforming maize seed sector policies to meet farmers’ needs in Africa

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 10, October 2008 Senior policy makers from sub-Saharan Africa have recently made recommendations for policy actions to reform operations in the maize seed sector. At stake is …


Maize seed stakeholders agree on policy actions in sub-Saharan Africa

On July 28, 2008, more than 60 senior policy makers from agriculture ministries, private seed companies, seed trade associations, regional trade blocs from 13 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries met i …


CIMMYT and IITA build capacity in variety release approaches in West and eastern Africa

Between July 21 and 26, 2008, CIMMYT in collaboration with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the national agricultural research systems (NARS) in Benin and Mali conducted …