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.

Health and nutrition
Photos

What do wholegrain foods look like around the world?

Capacity development
Features

Small-scale agricultural mechanization service provision model supports women’s empowerment in the Ethiopian agriculture sector.

Food security
Features

Technical coordination between research and development partners is key to breed maize varieties that respond to the diverse needs of small farmers.

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Women in Malawi are inspiring the next generation of smallholder farmers to adopt climate-smart technologies.

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Experts note that policies alone are not enough — they need to go hand in hand with strong initiatives to make agriculture a safer, more equal and respectful space for both women and men.

News

Stephen Njoka and Hugo de Groote share insights on the current locust invasion, effective control measures and how we can prepare for future outbreaks.

Innovation and technology
Publications

Study shows service provider models in Africa, Latin America and South Asia increase smallholder access to agricultural machinery, but can remain dependent on projects to tackle major bottlenecks for scaling.

Health and nutrition
In the media

Source: Inter Press Service (27 Feb 2020)

Refugees receive technical assistance, nutrition education and training on growing biofortified maize.

Communications Specialist
Health and nutrition
Blogs

How can we feed more people while protecting nature and biodiversity?

Innovation and technology

Business Development Manager
Innovation and technology
Features

The initiative increases agricultural productivity and enhances food security in Ethiopia.

Food security
In the media

Source: Bloomberg (25 Jan 2020)

CIMMYT agricultural economist Hugo De Groote notes need to monitor locusts to ensure swarms don’t threaten crops.