IITA last newsletter is focusing on maize. From the release of Provitamin A maize varieties to breakthroughs in maize breeding, and a special feature on MAIZE CRP, it brings you the latest maize updates.
Gender specialist Vongai Kandiwa discussing gender work at CIMMYT and the importance of agricultural scientists taking up gender issues which have tremendous impact on the way people practice agriculture.
CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program will establish and operate a maize doubled haploid (DH) facility in Kiboko, Kenya. With financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this centralized DH facility will be able to produce at least 100,000 DH lines per year by 2016, thus strengthening maize breeding programs in Africa and improving breeding efficiency. The DH technology will reduce the cost and time for breeding work as it enables rapid development of homozygous maize lines and fast-tracking development and release of elite maize varieties. The facility will be built at the Kiboko Experimental Station on 20 hectares of land provided by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). The Maize DHAfrica Project will both establish the facility and refine the DH technology in collaboration with the University of Hohenheim, Germany.