drought tolerant maize for africa

Angola: shifting from landraces to improved maize varieties

May 2, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT, in partnership with the Instituto de Investigação Agronómica (IIA), the Angolan national agricultural research institute, is helping the country shift from using mai …


Zambia maize technicians learn about new breeding tools

April 28, 2014

By Peter Setimela/CIMMYT Regular training sessions are a key component of capacity building for partners CIMMYT works with in breeding and seed systems. On 24-27 March, 28 maize technicians, including …


Uganda team shines at DTMA awards for eastern Africa

April 26, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project recognized country teams that demonstrated excellence in breeding and disseminating drought-tolerant maize varieties dur …


WEMA releases record number of maize varieties in Africa

March 14, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project is on-track to produce and distribute at least 25 drought-tolerant maize hybrids for farmers in Kenya, Mozambique, South Af …


Seed systems team strategizes and plans for Africa

March 10, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT   The CIMMYT-Africa seed systems team met in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 February to take stock of progress in 2013, identify challenges and brainstorm on turning those challe …


Growing more: sustainable intensification in southern Africa

March 4, 2014

By Christian Thierfelder/CIMMYT The “double-up legume system” improves food security in Malawi by increasing yield and farmers’ incomes. Photos: Christian Thierfelder Gently undulating plains and gree …


CIMMYT scientist attends global forum in Middle East

February 19, 2014

DTMA seed systems specialist Peter Setimela (right) with BBC journalist Stephen Sackur, who chaired the meeting’s opening session. Photo: Peter Setimela By Peter Setimela/CIMMYT CIMMYT Seed Systems Sp …


Remote sensing prepares for liftoff

January 31, 2014

By Sam Storr/CIMMYT Remote sensing experts, breeders, agronomists and policymakers discussed turning their research and experiences into tools to benefit farmers and increase food production while saf …


Working group to enhance seed delivery to African farmers formed

November 6, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT DTMA project leader Tsedeke Abate takes notes as AGRA-PASS director Joseph DeVries’ makes his presentation. Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT The Drought Tolerant Maize for Afr …


Trained maize breeders can bring huge benefits to Africa

October 22, 2013

By Cosmos Magorokosho/CIMMYT Photo: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT CIMMYT recently conducted an intensive, three-week course in Kenya for 37 young maize breeders – including 10 women – to provide them the know …


Partnerships lead to measurable impacts for Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa

October 22, 2013

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project is an outgrowth of more than a decade of maize physiology research. It builds on more than 10 years of promoting the inclusion of selection for dro …


Partnerships deliver drought-tolerant maize to African farmers

October 16, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Partners from 13 countries working with the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project said they benefitted from its help during the 201 …


Partnering to build the capacity of seed companies in Africa

October 8, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT seed sytems lead John MacRobert facilitates a SEMIs seed production class at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Nairobi. Photo: D …


Strengthening maize technicians’ capacity in Mozambique

August 29, 2013

Maize technicians received a training course in Mozambique. Forty participants from various agricultural research stations, private seed companies, and communitybased seed production schemes attended …


NSIMA: Seeding hope for smallholder farmers through partnerships

August 21, 2013

To achieve food security, smallholder farmers in Southern Africa require access to improved seed and inputs for higher yields. “Seed is one of the key movers in agricultural development,” says John Ma …


CIMMYT’s work highly appreciated in Ethiopia

July 19, 2013

The third Dialogue on Ethiopian Agricultural Development: Agricultural Research for National Development in the Face of Climate Change and Food Security was held during 4-5 July 2013 at the Haramaya U …


Inspired by women communal farmers

July 13, 2013

Benhilda Masuka is a maize physiologist who joined CIMMYT Zimbabwe in 2009.


Three new drought-tolerant maize hybrids released in Malawi

June 11, 2013

Three drought-tolerant maize hybrids performing well in drought-prone areas and tolerant of Malawi’s major maize diseases have been released in Malawi. The new hybrids, said a member of the Agricultur …


DTMA traveling workshop combines peer learning and evaluation

June 10, 2013

Covering 2,400 km, a multinational team toured Drought Tolerant Maize in Africa (DTMA) trial and demonstration plots in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe from 21–30 April in a traveling worksho …


WEMA reaches out to local communities in Kenya

June 5, 2013

On 02 May 2013, the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project organized a sensitization workshop for local community leaders, provincial administration members, agricultural extension workers, f …