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.

Gender and social inclusion
Photos

On the International Day of Rural Women, October 15, meet farmers who are leading their families and their communities to a better life.

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Long-term research on climate-smart agriculture in Malawi has improved the productivity, resilience and prospects of Mary Twaya, a single mother of three.

Climate change
Features

A recent study from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) shows that conservation agriculture and other climate-smart technologies are increasing yields and farmer resilience amidst drought episodes in southern Africa.

Food security
News

Researchers found farmers who increased both the area growing resistant varieties and the number of wheat varieties grown per season saw the biggest yield increases.

Food security
Features

A demand-driven, multi-lens approach ensures the best maize varieties are available to seed companies and farmers.

Food security
In the media

Source: News Ghana (13 Sep 2019)

CIMMYT has developed a variety of seeds to meet the varied needs of Kenyan farmers.

Innovation and technology
Features

This tool allows to identify varieties used by farmers and to track the adoption and impact of improved crops.

Food security
Features

Partner field days in Kenya presented sustainable solutions to crop threats and innovations in seed and agronomy.

Capacity development
News

STMA project training focused on latest developments in maize research and data collection.

Food security
In the media

Source: Xinhua News (1 Sep 2019)

CIMMYT scientist says wheat varieties to be released in Kenya have high yields and are resistant to stem rust U99.

Innovation and technology
News

New leaflet highlights digital innovations for Africa as researchers share insights at the African Green Revolution Forum 2019.

Food security
Features

At the Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue in Rwanda, experts and policymakers analyzed ways to address the continent’s food security crisis in the face of climate change.

Maize Entomologist
Innovation and technology
Features

CIMMYT entomologist strengthens native resistance in maize against fall armyworm and equips farmers with pest control measures.

Innovation and technology
In the media

Source: World Grain (13 Aug 2019)

MARPLE diagnostic platform significantly reduces the time to identify strains, which previously took months.