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.

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.

Innovation and technology
News

Recent impact studies in Uganda and Zambia show that farmers adopting drought-tolerant maize increased their yields significantly and reduced risks of crop failure.

Food security
Features

Experts reflect on the successful efforts to limit the spread of maize lethal necrosis across eastern and southern Africa.

Food security
Features

Markets and value chains expert studies seed demand and distribution, with the aim to help agro-dealers and seed businesses better market improved seed.

Senior Seed System Specialist

Farming Systems Agronomist

Gender and Development Specialist
Food security
Features

Meeting with Ethiopian researchers and policymakers outlines path forward for cooperation.

Health and nutrition
In the media

Source: France 24 (19 Nov 2019)

B.M. Prasanna, Director of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program, speaks on CIMMYT’s work to help farmers in the context of the aflatoxin crisis in Kenya.

Climate change
In the media

Source: All Africa (16 Nov 2019)

CIMMYT, EIAR and partners launched a digital agro-climate advisory platform.