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.


A ‘double-hatted’ maize variety brings good tidings to farmers in western Kenya

A ‘double-hatted’ maize variety brings good tidings to farmers in western Kenya

This variety not only performs well during moderate drought, but also utilizes more efficiently the small amounts of fertilizers most farmers afford to apply to their maize, giving them higher grain yield compared to other varieties on the market. "This variety has become the first choice particularly in Nyanza creating a very big demand” Seed company CEO.

Zimbabwe and CIMMYT to establish Maize Lethal Necrosis Quarantine Facility

Zimbabwe and CIMMYT to establish Maize Lethal Necrosis Quarantine Facility
A modern quarantine facility to safely import maize breeding materials to southern Africa, and to enable local institutions to proactively breed for resistance against Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease, will be established this year at Mazowe, just outside Harare in Zimbabwe.

‘Our daily bread’: Maize farmers’ unwavering resolve despite poor harvests

‘Our daily bread’: Maize farmers’ unwavering resolve despite poor harvests
Farmers in Kenya’s drylands continue grappling with very low maize yields due to frequent drought and erratic rains. Despite the availability of improved drought-tolerant maize varieties released by the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Project, most farmers are yet to benefit from these seeds due to a host of reasons. CIMMYT is working towards scaling up the production and delivery of these improved varieties to farmers, in close collaboration with seed companies.

Shedding light on a hot topic, and what the future holds

Shedding light on a hot topic, and what the future holds
Although climate change is a global phenomenon, its impacts vary depending on region and season. For appropriate adaptation and timely responses, we first need a better understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on maize yield and production at different spatial and temporal scales. To help fill this gap is a forthcoming article in the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management entitled 'Maize systems under climate change in sub-Saharan Africa: potential impacts on production and food security'.

Maize that packs a punch in face of adversity: unveiling new branded varieties for Africa

Maize that packs a punch in face of adversity: unveiling new branded varieties for Africa
A total of 13 drought-tolerant hybrids have been approved for commercial production across four countries. Across them, the new hybrids also have resistance to rampant leaf diseases like maize streak virus, turcicum leaf spot and gray leaf spot.
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