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More maize seed outlets needed in remote areas to reach women farmers says new CIMMYT socio-economics study

Preliminary results from a CIMMYT-led pilot study in 10 seed markets across eastern Kenya show that there is a significant difference in the way that men and women engage with improved maize seed mark …


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 …


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

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 …


Kenyan government officials visit MLN screening facility

Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease, which can cause up to 100 percent yield loss on farmers’ fields, is threatening this source of food and livelihoods for many in the country. Because of this, 40 co …


CIMMYT, Limagrain and Seed Co Limited teams discuss partnership for tackling maize lethal necrosis

Research managers and scientists from CIMMYT, Limagrain and Seed Co Limited held a discussion at CIMMYT-Nairobi on 4 July to forge a partnership to effectively tackle the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) d …


Partnership on maize lethal necrosis in Africa makes significant progress

Partners of the Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) project in Africa, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), came together to review and dis …


CIMMYT-CCAFS explores innovative ways of researching gender and climate change in farming households

By Florence Sipalla /CIMMYT CIMMYT scientists working on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are exploring novel ways to conduct research on gender and …


CIMMYT-CCAFS scientists identify maize varieties that can withstand drought and high temperatures in Zimbabwe

By Florence Sipalla and Jill Cairns/CIMMYT Schoolchildren singing a song they composed about climate change and agriculture at a field day in Gokwe, Zimbabwe. CIMMYT scientists working on the CGIAR Re …


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 …


Hidden factors contribute to food insecurity in female-headed households

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Results of a survey conducted by the Adoption Pathways (AP) project indicate that even when male-headed and female-headed households have the same resources, the latter are …