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.

News

Breakthrough comes after three years of intensive research and trials conducted in Kenya — and during the United Nations International Year of Plant Health — and represents a significant advance in the global fight against fall armyworm.

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Ugandan seed enterprise showcases the performance of stress-resilient maize varieties and engages agro-dealers as last mile seed merchants.

Publications

New manual supports informed choices for climate resilience in Zimbabwe.

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Improved maize varieties among top three CGIAR innovations adopted by up to 11 million households in Ethiopia, independent study shows.

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National breeding programs prepped to measure – and boost – genetic gains.

Features

This year, we published more than 250 stories related to maize and wheat science around the world. Here are some of our favorites.

Publications

Study explores whether modern maize storage structures offer equal benefits to women and men farmers in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Longtime CIMMYT collaborator Ruth Wanyera nears retirement from an honorable and decorated career in wheat research.

Videos

Kick back, press play and enjoy some of our favorite videos of the year.

Blogs

This World Soil Day, explore how breeding success is inextricably linked to how we address soil degradation.

News

AGG partners meet to launch regional networks for eastern and southern Africa and assess capacity development needs.

Features

Small-mechanization pilot initiative signs up 15 service providers to boost incomes and resilience through a lease-to-own business model in Masvingo, Zimbabwe.

Features

Need for continuous testing and application of new breeding methods to deliver resilient seed varieties at a faster rate is more important now than ever before.

Features

Ethiopia-based project manager finds inspiration in supporting programs and colleagues across Africa.