B.M. Prasanna leads CIMMYT’s global maize program, which focuses primarily on maize improvement in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia. He provides technical oversight for an array of multi-institutional projects on the development and deployment of improved stress resilient maize germplasm in the tropics, as well as novel tools and technologies for enhancing genetic gains and breeding efficiency.
Prasanna also leads MAIZE, a CGIAR alliance of more than 300 research and development institutions worldwide that seeks to mobilize global resources in maize research and development to achieve a greater strategic impact on maize-based farming systems in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Under Prasanna’s leadership, CIMMYT established a state-of-the-art maize doubled haploid facility in Kiboko, Kenya. Prasanna and his team have been at the forefront in tackling the maize lethal necrosis epidemic in eastern Africa, as well as the Fall Armyworm challenge across Africa.