Maize yields in sub-Saharan Africa are less than a third of what they are in the US—in large part because of drought. A new seed developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is helping farmers in Africa catch up with their counterparts elsewhere.
Breaking Ground: Yoseph Beyene breeds desirable maize varieties for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa
CIMMYT breeder applies new tools and technologies to accelerate genetic gains, make breeding more efficient, and keep up with the changing dynamics of biotic and abiotic stresses.
Varietal trait prioritization is important for balancing commercial realities and farmers’ diverse interests.
Stakeholders take stock of ongoing work to bring farmers superior hybrids using two novel technologies.