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Educational video helps Kenya farmers learn benefits of drought-tolerant maize

March 23, 2016

A new video aimed at raising awareness among farmers about high-yielding, drought-tolerant maize varieties is set for distribution in eastern Kenya.


The legacy of drought tolerant maize for Africa

March 15, 2016

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project has contributed towards improving the seed system in sub-Saharan Africa in the face of extreme drought.


A granny’s boundless resilience and strength, a pillar for women maize farmers

March 7, 2016

Women play a major role in African agriculture. Purity Wanjiku, of Kenya, is a pillar for women in her village who depend on her land to grow food for their families.


Kenya gives conditional approval to grow genetically-transformed maize

March 2, 2016

KALRO will conduct National Performance Trials in Kenya using genetically-transformed, insect resistant maize beginning on Feb. 9.


Maize lethal necrosis field day demonstrates promising maize germplasm

February 10, 2016

KALRO and CIMMYT invited public and private sector partners in eastern Africa to a MLN field day at the screening facility at KALRO-Naivasha.


Climate change’s surprising opportunity for East African maize farmers

January 8, 2016

With the right varieties, future maize yields in East Africa’s highlands could soar as temperatures increase.


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 …


Of maize farmers, coming calves, waxing oxen, and comely camels

November 30, 2015

The gospel of ngamia. When despite drought, maize becomes a ‘source’ of farm labor and protein, with surplus sold to purchase a calf: “I got so much harvest, and yet I planted this seed very late, and …


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

November 23, 2015

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 is recognized for its role in strengthening Malawi’s maize seed system

November 13, 2015

CIMMYT receives an award in recognition of its efforts and contributions towards developing and strengthening Malawi’s maize seed system


Transforming maize farming failures to successes in Kenya’s drylands

October 17, 2015

KDV4 is one of the DT varieties sold in Kenya’s eastern drylands alongside other improved varieties, developed by CIMMYT.


Changing the pace of maize breeding in Africa through doubled-haploid technology

October 16, 2015

Two words – accelerated breeding – are synonymous to doubled-haploid (DH) based maize breeding. This was the core message shared with 56 maize breeders from 10 African countries who recently participa …


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

October 6, 2015

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 …


WEMA hybrid launch to benefit maize farmers in Africa

October 5, 2015

Through the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, 13 maize hybrids were approved for commercial production by relevant authorities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa between Octobe …


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

September 3, 2015

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 …


Show and tell: when technology adoption becomes farmer-driven

August 7, 2015

What does the CASFESA project have to show for two-and-a-half years in Kenya? Many poor smallholder farmers in Africa bear the brunt of infertile soils. Research offers a partial solution: Conservatio …


Video: maize lethal necrosis threatens Africa’s food security

July 27, 2015

Felister Makini, KALRO (Crop System) Maize, one of Africa’s most important food crops, is under real threat because of maize lethal necrosis (MLN). The disease has adversely affected maize fields in K …


“Our daily bread:” Maize farmers’ unwavering resolve despite poor harvests

July 23, 2015

“WE RELY ON MAIZE SO MUCH SO THAT EVEN WHEN THE HARVEST FAILS COMPLETELY, WE WILL STILL PLANT IT IN THE NEXT SEASON.”


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 …


Maize lethal necrosis poses serious threat to East Africa’s seed sector

June 24, 2015

The International Conference on MLN Diagnostics and Management in Africa, held on 12-14 May 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, is the second meeting CIMMYT has organized this year on maize lethal necrosis (MLN), …