The CGIAR Research Program MAIZE is an international collaboration between more than 300 partners from the public and private sectors, national institutions, international research organizations and seed companies. This unique partnership seeks to mobilize global resources in maize research and development to achieve a greater strategic impact on maize-based farming systems in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
During 2016, the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) made strong progress on both of its research strategies, stress resilient and nutritious maize, and sustainable intensification of maize-based systems.
The new maize lethal necrosis (MLN) online portal provides up-to-date information and surveillance tools to help researchers control and stop the spread of the deadly disease.
The 2016 CIMMYT Annual Report details the strong partnerships and science through which MAIZE lead center CIMMYT creates and shares innovations for farmers to grow more, earn more and reduce environmental impacts:
A recent study investigated whether facilitating the emergence of niche markets for local maize varieties in the western highlands of Guatemala could contribute to poverty reduction.
CIMMYT has grown 150 tons of renewed, improved maize seed that will be sent to Haitian farmers to help jump-start the country’s seed sector, improve local food security and decrease malnutrition.
Aflatoxin has resulted in deaths, widespread contamination of food, animal feed and milk, and destruction of maize.