CIMMYT supports seed company partners in enhancing their capacity to produce foundation and certified seed.
MARS is helping maize breeders develop higher yielding and drought-tolerant improved varieties faster than ever before, according to a recent study from CIMMYT scientists.
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.
Sam Olum started commercial maize farming three years ago in Lira District, situated approximately 340 km north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
For the first time, transgenic maize hybrids that combine insect resistance and drought tolerance have been harvested from confined field trials.
The Striga weed is one of the leading causes of crop loss in western Kenya, a significant dent to farmers’ livelihoods and major hindrance to food security in the area.
From the field to the laboratory, new technology plays a major part in the international effort to develop seeds and cropping systems that will help achieve food security.
Increasing public understanding and creating supportive policies key recommendations at a session on boosting Africa’s use of biotechnology.
Diverse, stress tolerant maize varieties are benefiting smallholders throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
KALRO will conduct National Performance Trials in Kenya using genetically-transformed, insect resistant maize beginning on Feb. 9.
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 October 2014 and March 2015.