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First drought tolerant and insect resistant “stacked” transgenic maize harvested in Kenya

For the first time, transgenic maize hybrids that combine insect resistance and drought tolerance have been harvested from confined field trials.


Young African scientists gain inspiration from experienced maize researchers

CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program (GMP) team in Africa attended the AfPBA training program held June 2016 at the World Agroforestry Center.


CIMMYT and partners set the pace in maize and wheat research in Africa

State-of-art research facilities leap Africa’s Agricultural potential through modern research.


Kenyan maize nutrition and safety get boost from Ancient Mexican technique

Modern nixtamalization technology could increase maize uses and offer Kenyans invaluable benefits.


New screening cycle begins for maize lethal necrosis disease in Kenya

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — Activity is set to begin for the 2016A planting season at the joint Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)–CIMMYT maize lethal …


Kenya gives conditional approval to grow genetically-transformed maize

KALRO will conduct National Performance Trials in Kenya using genetically-transformed, insect resistant maize beginning on Feb. 9.


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 …


Maize lethal necrosis field day demonstrates promising maize germplasm

KALRO and CIMMYT invited public and private sector partners in eastern Africa to a MLN field day at the screening facility at KALRO-Naivasha.


Wheat rust pathologist Maricelis Acevedo to speak in Washington on E. Africa nurseries

MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT: Maricelis Acevedo, assistant professor and wheat rust pathologist at North Dakota State University (NDSU), to speak at “Pathogens Without Borders” session, leading a discussion ti …


African maize farmers get support to mitigate impact of poor soils

As the global community marks World Soil Day, African smallholder farmers are contending with low yields due to low-fertility soils prevalent in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, affecting food securi …


Kenyan delegation visits CIMMYT for collaboration on nixtamalization

Sicily Kariuki presses a perfect tortilla. Photo: Sam Storr/CIMMYT On Thursday, 5 November, a delegation of Kenyan scientists and government officials visited CIMMYT, concluding a fact-finding mission …


Training the next generation of rust researchers to combat stem rust race Ug99

Certificate distribution to trainees: Sridhar Bhavani (CIMMYT), Immaculate Maina (Center Director, KALRO) and Saikat Das (trainee from India). Photo: Marianna Myer. For the seventh consecutive year, s …


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 …


Improved Maize for African Soils

African maize farmers must deal with drought, weeds, and pests, but their problems start with degraded, nutrient-starved soils and their inability to purchase enough nitrogen fertilizer. Maize yields …


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 …


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 …


Maize lethal necrosis: a serious threat to food security in eastern Africa and beyond

Participants are shown how to inspect maize fields for MLN symptoms and how to collect samples for laboratory analysis. Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) has rapidly emerged as one of the deadliest maize di …