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.


Presidential Award in Recognition of Critical Breakthrough in Maize Breeding in Zimbabwe

Presidential Award in Recognition of Critical Breakthrough in Maize Breeding in Zimbabwe
Congratulations to our partners, the Zimbabwe Maize Breeding Programme, on their outstanding efforts that saw then win a national award in February 2015. This was for stellar research that saw the release of a maize variety (ZS265) that withstands drought, diseases and low nitrogen.

Who is your Maize or Wheat Super Woman?

Who is your Maize or Wheat Super Woman?

To celebrate International Women's Day, we want to showcase the stories of women who have made innovative strides in the maize and wheat sectors --and we need your help.

The International Maize Improvement Consortium for Asia (IMIC-Asia): Partnership for Targeted Impacts

The International Maize Improvement Consortium for Asia (IMIC-Asia): Partnership for Targeted Impacts
IMIC-Asia is a partnership of over 40 institutions formed by CIMMYT to develop and share improved maize inbreds and hybrids for targeted impacts on the hybrid maize scenario in Asia.

Safeguarding seeds against agricultural risks

Safeguarding seeds against agricultural risks
A webinar on Strengthening and Enhancing Seed Systems to Better Manage Agricultural Risk, was presented by Dr Jill Cairns, Crop Physiologist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Wilfred Mwangi, CIMMYT Agricultural Economist

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Wilfred Mwangi, CIMMYT Agricultural Economist
The CIMMYT community celebrates the illustrious life and mourns the passing on 11 December of Wilfred M. Mwangi, distinguished Kenyan scholar, statesman and researcher who dedicated his career to improving the food security and livelihoods of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa
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