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Stronger African seed sector to benefit smallholder farmers and economy

February 23, 2017

Despite its large-scale impact across Africa, smallholder farming largely remains a low technology, subsistence activity.


Tackling the deadly fall armyworm infestation devastating maize in southern Africa

February 23, 2017

Smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa are facing a new threat as a plague of intrepid fall armyworms creeps across the region, so far damaging an estimated 287,000 hectares of maize.


Pakistan releases first quality protein maize varieties

February 23, 2017

Pakistan is releasing quality protein maize for commercial consumption, which could help boost nutrition across the country where nearly half of all children are chronically malnourished.


Radio broadcast highlights maize improvement in Pakistan

February 16, 2017

Public and private sector maize stakeholders came together to discuss CIMMYT’s maize interventions and innovations in Pakistan during a recent radio interview.


Ugandan farmer boosts profits from improved maize

February 13, 2017

Sam Olum started commercial maize farming three years ago in Lira District, situated approximately 340 km north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.


Klein Karoo’s business knowledge winning in Mozambique

February 10, 2017

Despite struggles to reclaim its former glory, several agricultural multinationals are setting up shop in Mozambique, and reaping great benefits.


Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

February 6, 2017

Scientists have unlocked evolutionary secrets of landraces through an unprecedented study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis of flowering time and how maize adapts to variabl …


Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

February 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Scientists have unlocked evolutionary secrets of landraces through an unprecedented study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis …


New cycle of maize lethal necrosis germplasm screening to begin at Kenya site in May 2017

February 3, 2017

Artificial inoculation of maize germplasm at the MLN screening site in Naivasha, Kenya. B. Wawa/CIMMYT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The first screening activity for the 2017A planti …


Scientists harness efforts to increase use of stress tolerant maize by smallholder farmers

January 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KAMPALA, Uganda (CIMMYT) – The agricultural research sector is taking aim at a longtime foe of African smallholder farmers — old seeds. More than 100 research partners and funde …


New Publications: How to maintain food security under climate change

January 26, 2017

An internationally coordinated approach is key to breed and deploy crops resilient to climate change effects.


Partners invited to apply for allocation of second set of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids

January 25, 2017

National agricultural research systems and seed companies are invited to apply for the allocation of pre-commercial hybrids, after which they will be able to register, produce and offer the improved s …


New Publications: Africa’s future cereal production

January 9, 2017

Cereal yields in sub-Saharan Africa must increase to 80 percent of their potential by 2050 to meet the enormous increase in demand for food.


Improved maize offers new economic opportunity to Kenyan family

December 20, 2016

Improved maize varieties offer new economic opportunity to families in Kenya.


Maize seed and training aim to reduce aid dependency in Haiti

December 6, 2016

The Haiti Mayi project aims to kick-start a local seed sector, keep famine at bay, end dependence on international aid and reduce imports.


Three major commercial maize seed exporting countries in southern Africa found free from maize lethal necrosis

November 25, 2016

Three major commercial maize-growing and seed exporting countries in southern Africa were found to be so far free from the deadly maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease.


Drought and heat tolerant maize tackles climate change in southern Africa

November 16, 2016

CIMMYT’s drought-tolerant varieties have been delivered to three million farmers across Africa.


Combating spread of MLN in Africa poses unique but surmountable challenges, seed health specialist says

November 14, 2016

Maize lethal necrosis poses a major concern to researchers, seed companies and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.


Partners invited to apply for allocation of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids

November 11, 2016

CIMMYT offers a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar regions, to scale up production for farmers in these areas.


Improved drought tolerant maize varieties: a sustainable solution to climate change

November 8, 2016

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector met in Nairobi, Kenya, for the 4th Annual Food Security Conference (AFSC) on 12-13 October 2016.