Africa

CIMMYT’s work in Africa helps farmers access new maize and wheat systems-based technologies, information and markets, raising incomes and enhancing crop resilience to drought and climate change. CIMMYT sets priorities in consultation with ministries of agriculture, seed companies, farming communities and other stakeholders in the maize and wheat value chains. Our activities in Africa are wide ranging and include: breeding maize for drought tolerance and low-fertility soils, and for resistance to insect pests, foliar diseases and parasitic weeds; sustainably intensifying production in maize- and wheat-based systems; and investigating opportunities to reduce micronutrient and protein malnutrition among women and young children.

Features

Successful establishment of an agricultural machinery workshop in Meki signals a boost for private sector-driven mechanization in Ethiopia.

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Researchers study the design, delivery and use of digital decision-support tools for smallholder maize farmers in northern Nigeria.

Publications

New study projects food demand in 2030 and considers the implications for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

News

Varietal trait prioritization is important for balancing commercial realities and farmers’ diverse interests.

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CIMMYT and its partners worldwide continue to work on this complex challenge, so millions of smallholder farmers can protect their crops and feed their families.

In the media

Source: World Grain (19 Mar 2021)

Genetic analyses show that a destructive wheat blast fungus that travelled from South America to South East Asia is now established in Zambia under rain-fed conditions.

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CIMMYT scientists use high-powered drones and space satellite imagery to accelerate crop improvement, fight pests and diseases and help farmers make better crop management decisions.

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A mock shop helps researchers understand how Kenyan farmers choose maize seed when their preferred varieties are out of stock.

News

CIMMYT maize lines CML604A to CML615A are adapted to tropical maize production environments.

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New equipment will speed up and enhance the accuracy of national breeding processes including seed preparation, data collection and inventory management.

Videos

Two-wheel tractors have replaced outdated farming tools, helping Ethiopian farmers reduce drudgery, improve productivity and increase their profits.

News

Study results suggest caution in designing agricultural policies based on evidence derived from inaccurate measurement protocols.

Press releases

New report quantifies the impact of 20 years of CGIAR-led maize improvement for Africa.

Features

CGIAR webinar examined the technological, sustainability and social implications of integrated approaches.