Heat Stress Tolerant Maize for Asia
The Heat stress Tolerant Maize (HTMA) for Asia project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Feed the Future initiative, is a public-private alliance that targets resource-poor people and smallholder farmers of South Asia who face weather extremes and climate-change effects. HTMA aims to create stable income and food security for resource-poor maize farmers in South Asia through development and deployment of heat-resilient maize hybrids.
South Asian farmlands have been increasingly experiencing climate change-related weather extremes. If current trends persist until 2050, major crop yields and the food production capacity of South Asia will decrease significantly – by 17 percent for maize – due to climate change-induced heat and water stress. In response to this situation, CIMMYT and partners are developing heat stress-resilient maize for Asia.
The alliance leverages the germplasm base and technical expertise of CIMMYT in breeding for abiotic stress tolerance, coupled with the research capacity and expertise of the resource partners (Purdue University, Pioneer-Asia and the national programs in four major maize-growing South Asian countries). Their strengths are coupled with those of private sector partners such as DuPont Pioneer and regional seed companies such as Kaveri Seeds and Ajeet Seeds.