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.

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.

Innovation and technology
Videos

The mobile kit will allow Ethiopia to quickly identify wheat rust strains in 48 hours, instead of sending samples to labs abroad.

Climate change
News

People across the country planted more than 350 million trees in a day to fight deforestation and climate change.

Climate change
In the media

Source: Sci Dev Net (31 Jul 2019)

CIMMYT scientists stress the importance of increasing wheat yield and tolerance to drought for a food secure Africa.

Food security
News

In an interview for BBC Newsday, Abeyo explained African countries’ potential to boost wheat production, and how CIMMYT is helping.

Food security
Features

In demonstration plots in Kenya, smallholder farmers evaluate and rank maize varieties according to their preferred traits — a feedback that is crucial to CIMMYT’s maize breeding work.