Global alliance for improving food security and the livelihoods of the resource-poor in the developing world
Maize is the preferred staple crop of 900 million of the world's poor and one-third of all malnourished children. Together with rice and wheat, maize provides 30% of all calories for more than 4.5 billion people in 94 developing countries. Between now and 2050, the demand for maize in the developing world will double, fueled by population growth and changing diets. These challenges form the collective focus of worldwide maize research, a collaboration of more than 350 public and private organizations united to reduce hunger in the developing world.