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Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling

September 14, 2015

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling (DTMASS) project was officially launched in November, 2014, and started its activities in March 2015, with the aim to meet demand and improve access …


Asian Maize Conference develops strategies for sustainable intensification of maize in Asia

August 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (From left to right) Anan Suwannarat (Director General, Thai Department of Agriculture), Hiroyuki Konuma (Assistant Director General, FAO-RAP), Raj Paroda (Executive Secretary, A …


“Our daily bread:” Maize farmers’ unwavering resolve despite poor harvests

July 23, 2015

“WE RELY ON MAIZE SO MUCH SO THAT EVEN WHEN THE HARVEST FAILS COMPLETELY, WE WILL STILL PLANT IT IN THE NEXT SEASON.”


CIMMYT advances in fight against MLN

July 13, 2015

Scientists have made progress in identifying maize varieties that could combat maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease, reported SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa last month in the article “Experts on track t …


Food Security

May 20, 2015

As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories i …


CGIAR Research Program on Maize

May 15, 2015

“MAIZE” is a CGIAR Research Program (CRP) launched in 2012 by the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, …


Mother-baby trials promote conservation agriculture in Manica, Mozambique

April 13, 2015

A testament to increased climate variability and risk for farming systems already operating on the razor’s edge, the 2014-15 cropping season will be recognized as a sad write-off by most farmers in Ce …


Going further down the path to bolster Africa’s maize sector

April 7, 2015

 The long-running Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project started in 2007 and ends this month. What next after this long-distance runner, and, more importantly, what will happen to DTMA produ …


Presidential award in recognition of critical breakthrough in maize breeding in Zimbabwe

March 4, 2015

The Zimbabwe Maize Breeding Programme was honored on 13 February 2015, as the 2014/2015 Presidential Award winners in agricultural research during a ceremony attended by more than 1,500 people at the …


DTMA launches new project to improve seed scaling in Eastern Africa

February 23, 2015

Born out of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Initiative and other CIMMYT-Africa maize projects, the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling (DTMASS) project will improve the demand …


Index insurance to safeguard farmers from climate change

February 12, 2015

“We’ve got the germplasm and improved varieties, but what can we do to overcome the hurdle of farmer adoption of these technologies?” Jon Hellin, value chain and poverty specialist for CIMMYT’s Socioe …


Index insurance to safeguard farmers from climate change

February 10, 2015

“We’ve got the germplasm and improved varieties, but what can we do to overcome the hurdle of farmer adoption of these technologies?” Jon Hellin, value chain and poverty specialist for CIMMYT’s Socioe …


Safeguarding seeds against agricultural risks

January 13, 2015

Jill Cairns Photo credit: FarmD A webinar on Strengthening and Enhancing Seed Systems to Better Manage Agricultural Risk, was presented by Dr Jill Cairns (pictured), Crop Physiologist at the Internati …


Honoring the life and legacy of Wilfred Mwangi, CIMMYT Agricultural Economist

December 15, 2014

The CIMMYT community celebrates the illustrious life and mourns the passing on 11 December of Wilfred M. Mwangi, distinguished Kenyan scholar, statesman and researcher who dedicated his career to impr …


CIMMYT recognizes the International Day of Rural Women

October 13, 2014

15 October 2014 will mark the sixth celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, a United Nations (UN) day dedicated to recognizing “the critical role and contribution of rural women, includin …


More maize seed outlets needed in remote areas to reach women farmers says new CIMMYT socio-economics study

October 6, 2014

Preliminary results from a CIMMYT-led pilot study in 10 seed markets across eastern Kenya show that there is a significant difference in the way that men and women engage with improved maize seed mark …


Addressing challenges in maize breeding to deliver improved seed to African smallholder farmers

September 17, 2014

In Swaziland, maize is a staple crop and a source of income for many of the nation’s farmers. “The work on our staple crop cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Vusumuzi Mkhonta, acting director, Department …


CIMMYT Socio-Economics Program (SEP)

August 21, 2014

The potential of agricultural development for poverty alleviation and food security is widely acknowledged, particularly for resource-poor farmers in the developing world. But actually realizing this …


CIMMYT-CCAFS scientists identify maize varieties that can withstand drought and high temperatures in Zimbabwe

July 28, 2014

By Florence Sipalla and Jill Cairns/CIMMYT Schoolchildren singing a song they composed about climate change and agriculture at a field day in Gokwe, Zimbabwe. CIMMYT scientists working on the CGIAR Re …


Afriseed partnership brings hybrid seeds to small farms in Zambia

May 23, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Afriseeds´ David Lungu displays a cob of the company’s maize at an outgrower’s farm in Chongwe, Zambia. Photos: Florence Sipalla Seed companies play an important role in pro …