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.

Innovation and technology
News

Scientists use spatial price prediction models to estimate local prices that might be more relevant than the national average.

Gender and social inclusion
News

Seed systems play a major role in Africa’s agricultural transformation — but are they gender-friendly?

Capacity development
Features

CIMMYT wheat scientist explores new sources of rust resistance to create new rust-resistant wheat varieties.

Systems Agronomist
Food security
In the media

Source: IPP Media (14 Dec 2019)

CIMMYT introduced farmers Kassim Massi and Joyce Makawa to conservation agriculture.

Food security
In the media

Source: Down to Earth (12 Dec 2019)

New study examines if agricultural intensification can take households across the poverty line.

Food security
News

Interested organizations are invited to send maize germplasm for screening.

Climate change
Features

Soil conservation means food security for farmers in Malawi.

Climate change
Features

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

Climate change
Infographics

A new series of infographics outlines the challenges that must be addressed in order to scale adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices in southern Africa.

Innovation and technology
In the media

Source: Donne del Food (28 Nov 2019)

Rapid alert system has been developed to predict the spread of wheat rust.

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
News

A new agrodealer survey explores smallholder’s access to improved maize seed and fertilizer in Tanzania and Uganda.

Food security
In the media

Source: Zambia Daily Mail (26 Nov 2019)

Poor post harvest management is one of the key constraints to improving food and nutritional security in Africa.

Health and nutrition
In the media

Source: All Africa (26 Nov 2019)

CIMMYT and Harvest Plus have been breeding biofortified crop varieties of vitamin A orange maize since 2015.