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.
Smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa are facing a new threat as a plague of intrepid fall armyworms creeps across the region, so far damaging an estimated 287,000 hectares of maize.
Little did 47-year-old Thokozile Ndhlela know that growing up in a rural area in Zimbabwe would inspire her to become a well-respected agricultural scientist, helping to transform agriculture by developing science-based solutions.
Scientists have unlocked evolutionary secrets of landraces through an unprecedented study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis of flowering time and how maize adapts to variable environments.
The first screening activity for the 2017A planting cycle from March to May is set to begin in May 2017 at the joint KALRO–CIMMYT MLN artificial inoculation screening site at Naivasha, Kenya.
More than 100 research partners and funders will meet to discuss ways to encourage Africa’s seed sector to replace old maize varieties with new, robust and more resilient varieties
The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) looks at seed sector functioning and the adoption of improved maize varieties in India, Malawi, Mexico and Zambia.