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New Publications: Maize variety replacement lags in sub-Saharan Africa

May 18, 2017

Sarah Nyamai, a farmer from Kalimoni Village in Machakos County, Kenya, harvests drought tolerant maize. Photo: B. Wawa/CIMMYT NAIROBI (CIMMYT) — NAIROBI (CIMMYT) — A new study has revealed that sub …


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.


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.


Scientists tackle 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.


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.


Improved maize offers new economic opportunity to Kenyan family

December 20, 2016

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


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.


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.


First drought tolerant and insect resistant “stacked” transgenic maize harvested in Kenya

November 4, 2016

For the first time, transgenic maize hybrids that combine insect resistance and drought tolerance have been harvested from confined field trials.


Blindfold test shows taste bias for nutritious orange pro-vitamin A maize

October 10, 2016

“Hidden hunger” due to micronutrient deficiency is a big issue in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the most affected regions with 30% of the population undernourished.


CIMMYT Participates in the Sixth African Green Revolution Forum

September 27, 2016

CIMMYT joined 1,700 delegates from around the globe who participated in the sixth African Green Revolution Forum.


CIMMYT celebrates 50 in eastern and central Africa

September 20, 2016

CIMMYT celebrates 50 in eastern and central Africa 50th anniversary celebrations on 9 – 10 September, 2016.


Young African scientists gain inspiration from experienced maize researchers

September 6, 2016

CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program (GMP) team in Africa attended the AfPBA training program held June 2016 at the World Agroforestry Center.


CIMMYT and partners set the pace in maize and wheat research in Africa

July 27, 2016

State-of-art research facilities leap Africa’s Agricultural potential through modern research.


Smallholders in Rwanda and Zambia to enhance wheat productivity through new project

June 28, 2016

A new project aims to over double wheat production in target areas of Zambia and Rwanda to help smallholders meet rising demand and cope with high import costs.


Education, supportive policies key to making biotechnology work for Africa

June 27, 2016

Increasing public understanding and creating supportive policies key recommendations at a session on boosting Africa’s use of biotechnology.


New Publications: Maize Lethal Necrosis survey reveals farmer impact, future needs

May 16, 2016

A new study reveals the need for continued development of maize varieities resistant to MLN and strengthening farmer resilience.


Kenyan maize nutrition and safety get boost from Ancient Mexican technique

May 6, 2016

Modern nixtamalization technology could increase maize uses and offer Kenyans invaluable benefits.


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.


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

April 21, 2016

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