The world faces the challenge of growing more maize, responsibly and sustainably.

CIMMYT collaborates with national agricultural research institutions, non-government and community-based organizations, seed sector organizations, regional research networks, other CGIAR centers, private companies, and advanced research institutions to tackle the problem on a global scale by providing farmers the best seed, agronomy, and information needed to increase yields.

  • Provide diverse, high-yielding maize varieties that withstand infertile soils, drought, pests, and diseases.

  • Conduct research to help farmers exploit the full potential of improved seed while conserving soil and water resources.

  • Explore new market opportunities for small farmers.

  • Provide training opportunities in maize breeding and crop management research.


Seeds for Needs in Malawi

Seeds for Needs in Malawi
More than half of Malawi’s population lives below the poverty line. Malawians are mainly farmers, and with 85 percent of the population depending on rain, recurring droughts make it harder to feed the family – nearly one-quarter of Malawians cannot meet their daily food needs. At only 25 percent, use of improved seeds is still very low among smallholders in Malawi. Maize yields are below 2 tonnes per hectare, whereas there are varieties available that can yield as much as 10 tonnes per hectare.

“In Mozambique, You Cannot Talk About Food Security Without Talking About Maize”

“In Mozambique, You Cannot Talk About Food Security Without Talking About Maize”
Statistics show that nearly all (95 percent) of Mozambique’s smallholder farmers grow maize, which covers nearly half (40 percent) of the land devoted to annual crops. In Mozambique as elsewhere in Africa, enabling policies are vital for research products to reach farmers, and for managing the menace posed by the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease. But it's not all bleak, and there have been significant breakthroughs and mitigations in some cases.

MLN Diagnostics and Management in Africa through Multi-Institutional Synergies

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 the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda. The disease, caused by a combination of the Maize Chlorotic Mottle Virus (MCMV) and Sugarcane Mosaic Virus (SCMV), causes irreversible damage that kills maize plants before they can grow and yield grain.

Maize Lethal Necrosis: A Serious Threat to Food Security in Eastern Africa and Beyond

Maize Lethal Necrosis: A Serious Threat to Food Security in Eastern Africa and Beyond
Report on a training workshop for national agricultural research programs, regulatory bodies and seed companies, all drawn from 11 countries.The disease is difficult to control for two reasons: firstly, it is caused by a combination of viruses; secondly, it can be spread through seed and by insect vectors that may be carried by wind over long distances.

CIMMYT Appoints a New Regional Representative for Africa

CIMMYT Appoints a New Regional Representative for Africa
CIMMYT has appointed Stephen Mugo in the dual roles of CIMMYT–Africa Regional Representative and CIMMYT–Kenya Country Representative. He replaces the late Wilfred Mwangi.
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