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New CIMMYT maize hybrid available from Eastern Africa highland breeding program

CIMMYT is offering a new improved maize hybrid to partners, to scale up production for farmers in the region.

How does CIMMYT’s improved maize get to the farmer?
How does CIMMYT’s improved maize get to the farmer?

CIMMYT is proud to announce a new, improved highland maize hybrid that is now available for uptake by public- and private-sector partners, especially those interested in marketing or disseminating hybrid maize seed across upper altitudes of Eastern Africa and similar agro-ecologies. National agricultural research system (NARS) and seed companies are hereby invited to apply for licenses to pursue national release, scale-up seed production, and deliver these maize hybrids to farming communities.

The deadline to submit applications to be considered during the first round of allocations is 8 April 2022. Applications received after that deadline will be considered during subsequent rounds of product allocations.

The newly available CIMMYT maize hybrid, CIM20EAPP3-01-47, was identified through rigorous trialing and a stage-gate advancement process that culminated in the 2021 Eastern Africa Regional On-Farm Trials for CIMMYT’s eastern Africa highland maize breeding pipeline (EA-PP3). While individual products will vary, the EA-PP3 pipeline aims to develop maize hybrids fitting the product profile described in the following table:

Product profile Basic traits Nice-to-have / Emerging traits
Eastern Africa Product Profile 3 (EA-PP3) Late -maturing, white, high yielding, drought tolerant, NUE, and resistant to GLS, TLB, Ear rots, and rust MLN, fall armyworm, cold tolerance


Application instructions, and other relevant material is available via the CIMMYT Maize Product Catalog and in the links provided below.

Download the full text and trial data summary:
CIMMYT Eastern Africa Maize Regional On-Station (Stage 4) and On-Farm (Stage 5) Trials: Results of the 2019 to 2021 Seasons and Product Announcement.

Applications must be accompanied by a proposed commercialization plan for each product being requested. Applications may be submitted online via the CIMMYT Maize Licensing Portal and will be reviewed in accordance with CIMMYT’s Principles and Procedures for Acquisition and use of CIMMYT maize hybrids and OPVs for commercialization. Specific questions or issues faced with regard to the application process may be addressed to Nicholas Davis, Program Manager, Global Maize Program, CIMMYT.