Strategic Initiatives / Flagship Projects

What are Strategic Initiatives or Flagship Projects?

Producing, assembling and delivering, in collaboration with research and development partners, research outputs that will clearly contribute to the solution of significant development problems that have been identified and prioritized with the collaboration of developing countries.

  1. Socioeconomics and policies for maize futures. Increased effectiveness and positive impacts of maize research on food security, poverty reduction, gender equity, and the environment through better targeting of new technologies, policies, strategic analysis and institutional innovations.
  2. Sustainable intensification and income opportunities for the poor. Sustainable intensification and income opportunities in six maize-based farming systems where 315 million of the poorest and 22 percent of all malnourished children live.
  3. Smallholder precision agriculture. Crop management advice and practices that allow 20 million information-constrained smallholders to close the maize yield gap, lower production costs and reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint, especially through more efficient fertilizer use.
  4. Stress-tolerant maize for the poorest. Stress-tolerant maize varieties that reduce hunger and production shortfalls for 90 million people as climates change and abiotic and biotic stresses become more frequent, widespread and intense.
  5. Towards doubling maize productivity. Public-private partnerships with the local seed sector and agro-industry to provide better adapted and diverse maize hybrids to smallholders in emerging markets, allowing them to produce enough maize grain to meet the daily requirements of 160 million consumers while strengthening the capacity of the local maize breeders.
  6. Integrated post-harvest management. Integrated approaches to improve food safety and reduce post-harvest losses of grain.
  7. Nutritious maize. Bio-fortified maize varieties that will allow heavy consumers of maize in 15 countries to attain healthy and nutritious diets and farmers to benefit from marketing opportunities.
  8. Seeds of discovery. Cutting-edge research to open the “black box” of maize genetic diversity, permitting researchers to mobilize its full potential in breeding programs worldwide, especially for hard-to-solve problems related to climate change.
  9. New tools and methods for national institutions, entrepreneurs and farmers. Novel tools to give small- and medium-scale public and private seed enterprises in developing countries the same tools as multinational enterprises, so that they can meet unfulfilled demand niches, especially for smallholders.

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