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.


Of maize farmers, coming calves, waxing oxen, and comely camels

Of maize farmers, coming calves, waxing oxen, and comely camels

The gospel of ngamia. When despite drought, maize becomes a ‘source’ of farm labor and protein, with surplus sold to purchase a calf: “I got so much harvest, and yet I planted this seed very late, and with no fertilizer.”

Growing the gains and pruning the pains in producing Africa’s food

Growing the gains and pruning the pains in producing Africa’s food
Why go gaga about GYGA – the Global Yield Gap Atlas? Because GYGA is a crucial pointer to where the greatest gains in food production can be made, and the pains to sidestep, all in a bid to close the yawning gap on hunger by going beyond gigabytes of data to concrete action.

Going further down the path to bolster Africa’s maize sector

Going further down the path to bolster Africa’s maize sector
The long-running Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project started in 2007 and ends this month. What next after this long-distance runner, and, more importantly, what will happen to DTMA products? Enter DTMASS, which stands for Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling, in a seamless transition to the next stage.

African maize farmers get support to mitigate impact of poor soils

African maize farmers get support to mitigate impact of poor soils
As the world 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.

Of maize farmers, coming calves, waxing oxen, and comely camels

Of maize farmers, coming calves, waxing oxen, and comely camels
The gospel of ngamia.When despite drought, maize becomes a ‘source’ of farm labor and protein, with surplus sold to purchase a calf: “I got so much harvest, and yet I planted this seed very late, and with no fertilizer.”
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