CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE)

The CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) is an international collaboration between more than 300 partners that seeks to mobilize global resources in maize research and development to achieve a greater strategic impact on maize-based farming systems in Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

Led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as its main CGIAR partner, MAIZE focuses on increasing maize production for the 900 million poor consumers for whom maize is a staple food in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. MAIZE’s overarching goal is to double maize productivity and increase incomes and livelihood opportunities from sustainable maize-based farming systems.

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Climate change
Features

Science offers opportunity to curb greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture and meet climate goals.

Gender and social inclusion
Publications

Researchers identify national policies, climate and soil fertility changes, population increase, and urban expansion as the major drivers of farming systems change in the Hawassa area of Ethiopia.

Food security
Features

Experts reflect on the successful efforts to limit the spread of maize lethal necrosis across eastern and southern Africa.

Food security
Blogs

The effect of factors limiting production differs across regions, researchers observe.

Capacity development
Features

Scientists mobilize African and Latin American knowledge to protect Asia’s maize.

Innovation and technology
News

Changing farming technologies requires systemic change, argues Lennart Woltering in new article.

Capacity development
Features

Seven young farmers, researchers and activists are advancing change, innovation and research in their communities.

Gender and social inclusion
News

An alternative conceptual framework uses a process-oriented approach to understand technological change that focuses more on the agency of different social actors in the agricultural system.

Innovation and technology
Press releases

New study shows that improved bread wheat varieties obtained from crosses of durum wheat and goat grass are helping to ensure the crop’s future.

Climate change
Features

International gathering highlights cutting edge efforts to improve yields, nutrition, and climate change resilience of a globally vital staple food.

Food security
Annual reports

In 2018, MAIZE delivered development outcomes and impacts through varietal release, scale-up, delivery and adoption of climate-resilient and nutritionally enriched maize varieties.

Food security
News

CIMMYT is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in South and South East Asia and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production for farmers in these areas.

Innovation and technology
Publications

Researchers analyze irrigation service providers to understand how different business models and pump types affect pricing and water conservation.

Innovation and technology
News

The manual covers field site selection, effects of weather, crop management and other factors to standardize the required intensity, timing and uniformity of imposed drought stress during field trials.

Capacity development
Features

ProMaíz Nativo will promote small-scale landrace maize farmers through certification and fair market access.