Equal and climate-smart

By Shiela Chikulo

Women in Malawi are inspiring the next generation of smallholder farmers to adopt climate-smart technologies.

Sixteen years of consistent learning and practice of climate-smart agriculture, led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), are paying off for Luganu Mwangonde. Together with her husband Kenson, she has established herself as a successful smallholder farmer in Malawi’s Balaka district. She enjoys the multiple benefits of high yields from diverse crops, surplus to sell at the markets and improved soil quality.

Biofortified vitamin A maize helps refugees in Zambia

by Natasha Nagarajan

Initiative in Zambian refugee camp helps farmers cultivate vitamin A maize to help move towards a healthier diet and foster local business

Vitamin A-biofortified orange maize, developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in partnership with HarvestPlus, is now helping refugees in Zambia cultivate a nutritious diet and improve their livelihoods.

Are maize agro-food systems aligned with the United Nations’ SDGs?

by Natasha Nagarajan

New report discusses maize’s relationships to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Mountains overlook a maize field in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. (Photo: Natasha Nagarajan)

Maize is one of the most important cereals on Earth, especially in Africa and Latin America. Not only is it a significant source of food for humans, but it is also valuable as animal feed and is even used in biofuel. In a recently  published paper in the journal Global Food Security, scientists from the University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) discuss the importance of maize in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs lay out requirements for improving the livelihoods of all beings on Earth, creating a more sustainable future, and addressing issues such as climate change, social inequality, poverty and peace. Maize is highlighted in this paper as a prime example of a resource that aligns with and supports the SDG narrative in many different ways.