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.


KALRO and CIMMYT: Cementing a longstanding relationship

KALRO and CIMMYT: Cementing a longstanding relationship
A high-level visit from Kenya, a key country that hosts our Africa Regional Office, maize lethal necrosis screening, doubled haploid facility and is a regional hub for drought-tolerance testing hub –.all these in close collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). Dr. Eliud Kireger, Acting Director General of KALRO, was accompanied to CIMMYT headquarters by Stephen Mugo, CIMMYT Regional Representative for Africa and country represenative for Kenya. They spoke candidly on the triumphs and tragedies of crop research in Africa.

SIMLESA’s Seamlessly Integrated Solution to a Perennial Problem, But…

SIMLESA’s Seamlessly Integrated Solution to a Perennial Problem, But…
Southern Africa smallholder farmers can attain food security and more income through sustainable intensification of maize-based farming systems. Follow this February farmer field tour through Malawi and Mozambique, that included testing new hand-planting tools and assessing the benefits of conservation agriculture.

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.
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