Millions of smallholders in Africa benefit from climate resilient drought-tolerant maize

At least 40 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are profiting from more than 200 new drought-tolerant varieties of maize.


New project helps African farmers address multiple stresses in maize farming

Photo: Peter Lowe/CIMMYT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arusha, Tanzania, March 22 (CIMMYT) – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement center (CIMMYT) and its partners have unveiled a new project – Stress …


African maize farmers get support to mitigate impact of poor soils

As the global community marks World Soil Day, African smallholder farmers are contending with low yields due to low-fertility soils prevalent in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, affecting food securi …


Reviewing progress and impacts of two core maize projects as they wind up work in sub-Saharan Africa

Joseph Mulei on his farm in Machakos County, Kenya, where he planted several drought tolerant hybrid maize varieties including Drought Tego and Sawa (DSL H103). Photo: Brenda Wawa/CIMMYT. About 100 pa …


CIMMYT empowers a new generation of maize breeders in Zambia

CIMMYT conducted a training course in Zambia for maize breeders teaching modern maize breeding methods.


“Double-hatted” maize variety is good news for farmers in western Kenya

Azbetta Ogembo, a farmer in western Kenya, displays a WH507 maize plant. Photo: Brenda Wawa/CIMMYT Maize farming in western Kenya is leaping one notch higher thanks to maize variety WH507, which is be …


Improved Maize for African Soils

African maize farmers must deal with drought, weeds, and pests, but their problems start with degraded, nutrient-starved soils and their inability to purchase enough nitrogen fertilizer. Maize yields …


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

Poor soil fertility is a major – yet often overlooked – factor affecting food production in Africa. Farmers suffer low yields and crop failure due to poor soils, a situation that has crippled food sec …


Food Security

As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories i …


CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE

“MAIZE” is a CGIAR Research Program (CRP) launched in 2012 by the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, …


Making more from less: matchmaking maize to poor soils

WHEN FERTILIZER IS LIMITED, BREEDING SOLUTIONS FOR THE STAFF OF LIFE IN AFRICA A farmer applying a solution only very few can afford in adequate amounts: nitrogen fertilisers for poor soils in Africa …


Poor Soils A Huge Limitation for Africa’s Food Security

EL BATAN, Mexico, April 19, 2015 – Sustainable Development Goals being addressed at the Global Soil Week cannot ignore dependence on maize as a staple food for millions in Africa, and the need to help …


Poor soils a huge limitation for Africa’s food security

Today, Berlin, Germany, hosts soil scientists from across the world who have converged for the Global Soil Week (GSW) to find solutions for sustainable land governance and soil management. Farmers and …


Global Soil Week

For the much-needed focus they bring on a burning issue, CIMMYT’s Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS) Project celebrates the Global Soil Week and the International Year of Soils. Africa’s maize fa …


Improved maize to boost yields in nitrogen-starved African soils

Sub-Saharan African farmers typically apply less than 20 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare of cropland — far less than their peers in any other region of the world. In 2014, partners in the Improved …


Partnering with seed companies to disseminate fertilizer-friendly maize seed in East Africa

Watanga Chacha, CEO Meru Agro displays a bag of HB513, a fertilizer-friendly maize hybrid.Picture: Biswanath Das/CIMMYT Seed companies are key partners in delivering improved seed to smallholder farme …


CIMMYT hosts field days in Kenya showcasing fertilizer-friendly maize

By Florence Sipalla Some of the CIMMYT partners who participated in a field day showcase fertilizer friendly maize in Kiboko, Kenya.Photo: Biswanath Das/CIMMYT Many smallholder farmers in Africa can o …


CIMMYT Socio-Economics Program (SEP)

The potential of agricultural development for poverty alleviation and food security is widely acknowledged, particularly for resource-poor farmers in the developing world. But actually realizing this …


IMAS technical staff undergo training to manage risks during confined field trials

Participants mark the field during the practical segment of the training session. Picture: Titus Kosgei/CIMMYT By Florence Sipalla Ten members of the technical staff from the Improved Maize for Africa …


IMAS technical staff undergo training to manage risks during confined field trials

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Ten members of the technical staff from the Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS) project joined their counterparts from the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) projec …