In demonstration plots in Kenya, smallholder farmers evaluate and rank maize varieties according to their preferred traits — a feedback that is crucial to CIMMYT’s maize breeding work.
Source: Biotech News (23 Jun 2019)
CIMMYT, HarvestPlus and IITA have worked to develop provitamin A-enriched maize varieties and zinc-enriched maize and wheat.
In a male-dominated sector, women leading maize seed companies in eastern and southern Africa share their experiences.
Seeds of progress – In a male-dominated sector, women leading maize seed companies in eastern and southern Africa share their experiences
Source: Seed Quest (20 Jun 2019)
CIMMYT researchers conducted interviews with women owners of seed companies in eastern and southern Africa.
New varieties deliver essential micronutrients to those who lack diverse diets.
In annual meeting, STMA project partners build on the successes of research in combatting drought, heat, pests and disease.
Good weed management, conservation agriculture, and use of manure and compost are recommended to help control fall armyworm in Africa.
This research is especially significant for countries where the health burdens of exposure to aflatoxin and prevalence of vitamin A deficiency converge with high rates of maize consumption.
Trials of the Nutrient Expert app showed improved yields, fertilizer-use efficiency and increased profits for farmers.
International consortium established to connect research with practical field solutions against pest.