Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

Fall armyworm devastates crops in sub-Saharan Africa: A quick and coordinated regional response is required

June 2, 2017

The head of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program highlights the potential impact of the fall armyworm pest and how CGIAR researchers are contributing to a quick and coordinated response across the Africa.


New maize hybrid shows resistance to stem borers in South Africa

March 22, 2017

Smallholder farmers in South Africa can now access and grow new maize varieties with transgenic resistance to stem borers, the most damaging insect pest of maize.


African ambassadors to Zimbabwe support improved agriculture technologies

May 30, 2016

Several African nation ambassadors to Zimbabwe pledged to step up support for improved agriculture technologies.


New Publications: Climate change’s impact on agriculture expected to have multi-sector effects

May 30, 2016

A new study predicts that climate change will have a large, secondary impacts on agricultural societies in sub-Saharan Africa.


Harnessing maize biodiversity for food security, improved livelihoods in Africa

May 20, 2016

Diverse, stress tolerant maize varieties are benefiting smallholders throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


How improved maize gives options to farmers

May 5, 2016

Improved seeds resilient to drought, disease and other stresses allow farming families to invest more in their livelihoods and children’s futures.


Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa

April 27, 2016

The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project aims to diminish devastating constraints in maize production that occur simultaneously across many regions in sub-Saharan Africa. The project develo …


Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat

March 28, 2016

Climate-change-induced heat stress and disease pathogens migrating across borders threaten the world’s wheat supply and food security in Africa and the Middle East. Building on the Durable Rust Resist …


New project helps African farmers address multiple stresses in maize farming

March 21, 2016

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 …


Water Efficient Maize for Africa

February 18, 2016

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa partnership was launched in March 2008 to help farmers manage the risk of drought by developing and deploying maize varieties that yield 24 to 35 percent more grai …


Scientists share strategy at conference to halt migratory wheat disease

February 8, 2016

Wheat scientists visit Washington to receive honor, detail research successes at American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.


African maize farmers get support to mitigate impact of poor soils

December 3, 2015

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 …


Study reveals challenges in southern Africa’s soil carbon uptake

November 23, 2015

Cheesman in a direct-seeded maize-soybean rotation in Chavakadzi village, Shamva District, Zimbabwe. Photo: Christian Thierfelder A new study led by ETH Zürich graduate Stephanie Cheesman, along with …


Empowering women in agriculture through SIMLESA

September 23, 2015

CIMMYT and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa host a five-day gender training workshop in Pretoria, South Africa.


Maize that packs a punch in face of adversity: unveiling new branded varieties for Africa

July 14, 2015

Even in the best years, significant swathes of sub-Saharan Africa suffer from recurrent drought. Drought wreaks havoc on the livelihoods of millions of Africans – livelihoods heavily leaning on rain-d …


CIMMYT welcomes new board members

April 16, 2015

Photo credit: CIMMYT How are New Board Members Appointed? CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees is composed of 13 experts appointed in their individual capacity and not as a representative of any outside entity. …


Addressing challenges in maize breeding to deliver improved seed to African smallholder farmers

September 17, 2014

In Swaziland, maize is a staple crop and a source of income for many of the nation’s farmers. “The work on our staple crop cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Vusumuzi Mkhonta, acting director, Department …


Researchers learn use of equipment for improved phenotyping

May 10, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Andrew Chavangi demonstrates the use of a seed counter. Amini Mataka, a research officer for CIMMYT’s Southern Africa Regional Office in Zimbabwe, was one of many Water Effici …


WEMA releases record number of maize varieties in Africa

March 14, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project is on-track to produce and distribute at least 25 drought-tolerant maize hybrids for farmers in Kenya, Mozambique, South Af …


NSIMA: Seeding hope for smallholder farmers through partnerships

August 21, 2013

To achieve food security, smallholder farmers in Southern Africa require access to improved seed and inputs for higher yields. “Seed is one of the key movers in agricultural development,” says John Ma …