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: The Nation (27 Apr 2020)

CIMMYT, Clinton Development Initiative and Harvest Plus work together to make drought-tolerant and vitamin A biofortified maize available to farmers in Malawi.

Capacity development
Features

Malawian smallholders tackle challenges together using the farmer field school approach.

Seed Systems Specialist

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Innovation and technology
Features

CIMMYT postharvest specialist tests drying and storage technologies to help reduce grain losses.

Climate change
News

Through new project, tools and insurance services will help small farmers in eastern Africa reduce investment risks and losses related to climate.

Food security
In the media

Source: Plantopia (9 Apr 2020)

CIMMYT senior scientist Dave Hodson discusses striking parallels between wheat rust and global human epidemics on new podcast.

Innovation and technology
Features

At demonstration farms, Kenyan farmers discover the stress-tolerant maize varieties they were looking for.

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.