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.


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.

Making More From Less: Matchmaking Maize to Poor Soils

Making More From Less: Matchmaking Maize to Poor Soils
Maize and Africa’s food security and socioeconomic stability are inseparably intertwined. Poor maize productivity has contributed to food shortages, high prices and has pushed more Africans to extreme poverty. Low-fertility soils are part of the problem, and maize varieties specially bred for poor soils offer a partial solution.

Screening for Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) – May 2015

Screening for Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) – May 2015
Interested organizations are invited to send their germplasm for screening. Planting will start at the end of May 2015. Screening will be done through artificial inoculation at Naivasha, Kenya.

CIMMYT–SARO@30

CIMMYT–SARO@30
CIMMYT has had a long and uninterrupted presence in southern Africa. going back to early 1985, with the regional node in Zimbabwe. In recognition of this regional commitment, in renewing the Host Country Agreement in 2012, the Zimbabwe government accorded diplomatic status to CIMMYT's Southern Africa Regional Office (CIMMYT–SARO), and had high-level representation at the 30th anniversary celebrations.

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.
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