- News from the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa project
The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project aims to develop in a cost-effective way multiple stress tolerant varieties, and through partnerships with local public and private seed sector, make these improved seeds available at scale in SSA.
- 2019 screening cycle for deadly MLN virus in Kenya – April Planting
The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the second interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2019 at the beginning of April 2019.
- CIMMYT and UAS-Bangalore to establish a maize doubled haploid facility in Karnataka, India
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore (UAS-Bangalore) have signed a collaboration agreement for establishing a maize doubled haploid (DH) facility at the Agricultural Research Station in Kunigal (ARS-Kunigal), Tumkur district, Karnataka state, India.
- Insights into breeding strategies for biofortification of maize with zinc and provitamin A
Biofortification increases the amount of vitamins and minerals in a crop through conventional plant breeding or agronomic practices, and can generate measurable health and nutrition improvements in consumer populations. Researchers from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) have recently published two studies that comprehensively review current breeding strategies for biofortification of maize with zinc and provitamin A that provide a working outline for maize breeders.
- The Molecular Maize Atlas encourages genetic diversity
Imagine walking through a grocery store, doing your weekly shopping. Everything seems normal, but as you pick up a can, there’s no label. There’s nothing to tell you what the product is, and now you can’t reliably choose anything to eat this week.
- New Manual: Management of drought stress in field phenotyping
A new technical manual, “Management of drought stress in field phenotyping,” provides a quantitative approach to drought stress phenotyping in crops that will help ensure drought screening trials yield accurate and precise data for use by breeding programs. Phenotyping is a procedure vital to the success of crop breeding programs that involves physical assessment of plants for desired traits.
- MAIZE Photo Contest – Winners announced!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the MAIZE CRP Photo Contest. The CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) launched the photo contest with the theme of ‘Harvest Diversity’ to highlight the diversity of maize, its harvest and use around the world.
- Video: How gender equity and social inclusion are improving the lives of rural families in Africa
A new video from the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) project highlights the importance of gender equity and social inclusion to achieving project impacts and outcomes, helping to drive transformative change towards securing a food secure future for Africa.
- Women in seed systems in Africa: Grace Malindi
Dr. Grace Malindi, 67, started Mgom’mera in 2014 with her sister Florence Kahumbe who had experience in running agro-dealer shops. Florence was key in setting up the business particularly through engagement with agro-dealers, while Grace’s background in extension was valuable in understanding their market.
- Women in seed systems in Africa: Zubeda Mduruma
Dr. Zubeda Mduruma, 65, is a plant breeder. Raised by farmers, Zubeda took to agriculture from a young age as she enjoyed helping her parents in the farm.
- Women in seed systems in Africa: Sylvia Horemans
Sylvia Horemans started Kamano Seeds in April 2004 together with her late husband Desire Horemans. Silvia became the company’s Chief Executive Officer in 2016.
- Scouting for Fall Armyworm video: Nepali translation released
The recent release of the Nepali version of the 3-D animation video “How to identify & scout Fall Armyworm,” will help the farming community in Nepal prepare for and mitigate the effects of the potential arrival of this devastating insect pest.
- Machine learning for smarter seed selection to reduce risks for Mexican maize farmers
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and BioSense Institute jointly won the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Inspire Challenge in 2018 for machine learning for smarter seed selection.
- New CIMMYT pre-commercial maize hybrids available from eastern and southern Africa breeding programs
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in eastern and southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production for farmers in these areas.
- IITA scientists recommend packaging and storage for yellow-seeded maize flour
Research has shown that compared to other packaging and storage facilities, polyvinyl plastic containers (PPC) and dark compartment storage have the highest retention of Pro-vitamin A carotenoid (pVAC) and xanthophylls in yellow-seeded maize.
- Community-led conservation: saving a giant landrace
A new maize festival, launched in December 2018 aims to improve this remarkable landrace’s future by encouraging farmers to protect its genetic potential and creating a space for young people to have their views heard. The festival is a collaboration between CIMMYT scientists, INIFAP and local partners. Meanwhile, CIMMYT researchers are studying the landrace’s genetic diversity with hopes of preserving its quality and working with farmers to safeguard its future.
- Biofortification of maize with provitamin A can reduce aflatoxin load
New research evidence could have significant implications for breeding approaches to combat harmful aflatoxin contamination in maize while simultaneously contributing to alleviate vitamin A deficiency.
- International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals and the UN sustainable development agenda. Now in its fourth year, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities.
- Call for Nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa
Nominations are now open for the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa!
- International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa ramps up seed innovations
CIMMYT launched the International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa (IMIC-Africa) in May 2018, to better engage with a committed set of partners from the public and private sector, and to achieve enhanced maize yields in Africa.
- Destructive Pest Alert: Fall Armyworm (FAW) is paving its way to Nepal
Aiming to raise awareness and sensitize stakeholders to the threat of Fall Armyworm, a workshop was jointly organized by the Feed the Future Nepal Seed and Fertilizer project, the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab and the Plant Protection Society of Nepal on November 30, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- Research opportunities and partnerships are key to sustainable intensification of maize in South East Asia
Delegates from across South East Asia gathered recently to explore ideas and opportunities for key research issues on the sustainable intensification of maize in smallholder farming systems in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, during a meeting held from November 9 to 11, 2018, in Siem Reap and in maize growing areas around Battambang, Cambodia.
- International experts discuss progress and challenges of maize research and development in Asia
The importance of maize in Asian cropping systems has grown rapidly in recent years, with several countries registering impressive growth rates in maize production and productivity.
- Maize CRP Photo Contest
The CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) is holding a photo contest to highlight the diversity of maize, its harvest and use around the world. The theme is ‘Harvest Diversity.’ We are looking for bright and engaging images that celebrate harvest time. Submit your entries using the online form by January 31 2019.
- South Asian seed companies appreciate CIMMYT’s efforts to enhance local capacity on hybrid maize seed production and marketing
The demand for maize in South Asia is increasing, with the main driver coming from the growing need for poultry feed. Countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan produce nearly 10 million metric tons of maize annually from an aggregated area of about 2.4 million hectares.
- International coalition keeps devastating maize disease at bay, but risks still linger
When maize lethal necrosis (MLN) was first reported in Bomet County, Kenya, in September 2011 and spread rapidly to several countries in eastern Africa, agricultural experts feared this emerging maize disease would severely impact regional food security.
- New CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids for southern Africa
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production for farmers in these areas.
- India's first provitamin-A QPM maize hybrid: Vignesh Muthusamy
Vignesh Muthusamy was recently awarded the 2018 MAIZE-Asia Youth Innovators Award from the from the CGIARResearch Program on Maize (MAIZE) for his work on the development of biofortified provitamin A and quality protein maize (QPM) maize hybrids.
- Uncovering the genetic basis of adaptation to drought stress: Jie Xu
Jie Xu received the 2018 MAIZE-Asia Youth Innovators Award for her work on drought stress in maize root systems. Her work seeks to understand the genetic basis of plant adaptation to drought with a view to applying the findings to breeding drought-tolerant maize.
- Let’s make hunger history: Samjhana Khanal
Samjhana Khanal was recently awarded the 2018 MAIZE-Asia Youth Innovators Award from the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) in the category of “Change Agent” for her research on the productivity and profitability of hybrid maize in Eastern Terai, Nepal.
- Maize Needs Young People: Dinesh Panday
Dinesh Panday received the 2018 MAIZE-Asia Youth Innovators Award from the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) for his work in soil fertility and nutrient management to determine the effectiveness of industrial by-product (i.e., char) in reducing environmental nitrogen loss and improve nitrogen fertilizer use efficiency in maize.
- MAIZE Annual Report 2017
In 2017, 79 improved maize varieties were released by MAIZE partners worldwide, including 26 in Latin America, 44 in Sub-Saharan Africa and 9 in Asia.
- First conference of new global research alliance to establish practical field solutions against Fall Armyworm
As part of a global effort to roll out a sustainable integrated Fall Armyworm (FAW) management program, 35 organizations have united their efforts in an International R4D Consortium to develop a shared vision of how farmers should fight this pest.
- Food security podcast features Dr. B. M. Prasanna
Dr. B. M. Prasanna, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) & the Global Maize Program, CIMMYT was recently featured on an episode of Chakula-The Food Security Podcast, aired from Kenya, October 2018.
- Reflections on the global impact of biofortification
In recognition of World Food Day and the focus of the 2018 World Food Prize on nutrition, the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) reflects on the significance and global impact of biofortification and climate resilient crops – key components in achieving Sustainable Development Goals 2: Zero Hunger and 3: Good Health and Wellbeing by 2030.
- GENNOVATE special issue draws on the voices of women and men in agriculture
A special issue of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security comprises a set of six studies drawing on data collected for the GENNOVATE initiative – a CIMMYT-led, cross-CRP global comparative research initiative, part-funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) that draws on the voices of over 7000 women and men in 137 rural communities across 26 countries.
- Better together: Partnership around zinc maize improves nutrition in Guatemala
On World Food Day, October 16, CIMMYT joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and partners around the world in their call to realize Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger by 2030. Learn how CIMMYT, HarvestPlus and Semilla Nueva are working together to use biofortified zinc-enriched maize to reduce malnutrition in Guatemala.
- Turning the spotlight on masculinities in agricultural research and development
How do social norms around gender influence the work of agricultural development professionals? A recent workshop held in Mexico for agricultural extension professionals turned the spotlight on the topic of “masculinities”, defined as "a set of attributes, values, and behaviors that are characteristic of being a man in a given society and time."
- 13th Asian Maize Conference launched in Ludhiana, India
Conference to address the main opportunities and challenges for maize in Asia.
- 26 new CIMMYT maize lines released
The new lines, specifically adapted to tropical/subtropical maize production environments, are freely available to both public and private sector breeders worldwide.
- Learnings from maize seed systems for smallholder farmers
A new study evaluates the methods by which smallholder farmers obtain their seed; fundamental work to ensure high quality seed is obtained that will support improved livelihoods.
- CIMMYT Milpa Demonstration Garden celebrates the culture and history of landraces
The ‘Milpa Demonstration Garden’ outside the genebank offices is flourishing this year. Planted and managed by the CIMMYT germplasm bank staff, this project has been providing color and charm on campus through the late summer for several years.
- Technical manual to assure seed quality in maize breeding and seed production
A new technical manual for QA/QC of seed quality in maize breeding and seed production will help to guarantee production and distribution of high quality certified seed to farmers and consumers.
- New global research alliance joins fight against fall armyworm
International consortium established to coordinate work against pest threatening crops in Africa and Asia
- Winners of the 2018 Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards
Using modern technologies, dedicated to new knowledge and with hopes to improve the world:
Here they are – the Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards Winners of 2018!
- International experts to convene for 13th Asian Maize Conference
International experts to convene in Ludhiana, India, to discuss the way forward to increase climate resilience and productivity of maize, and to strengthen maize-based cropping systems in Asia.
- CIMMYT recognized for support in restoring Guatemalan seed systems after hurricane
The CIMMYT maize germplasm bank recently received an award in recognition of its contributions towards the Buena Milpa initiative in Guatemala. Denise Costich, Head of the CIMMYT maize germplasm bank, received the award on behalf of CIMMYT during a ceremony on 7th September 2018 in Guatemala City.
- Africa Food Prize Awarded to IITA
Africa Food Prize awarded to agricultural research institute for leadership and innovation in finding solutions to the continent’s most pressing challenges.
- Toxin-producing fungal strains can now be detected in maize field soils with a new technique
A novel approach to the detection of aflatoxin-producing fungi from a CIMMYT maize field was identified in a recent study.
- Fall armyworm reported in India: battle against the pest extends now to Asia
The fall armyworm (FAW), a devastating insect-pest, has been identified for the first time on the Indian subcontinent.
- New genetic mapping study offers hope of resistance to maize lethal necrosis
A new study has revealed key information about the genetic basis of maize lethal necrosis (MLN), a disease that has been wreaking havoc on maize crops in eastern Africa since its discovery in the region in 2011.
- Call for nominees for the 2018 Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards
Nominations are open for the 2018 MAIZE-Asia Youth Innovators Awards. Apply by August 31.
- Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during July 2018
The third instalment of the 2018 maize lethal necrosis (MLN) phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle will be held in July 2018
- High-protein maize also resistant to parasitic weed
In sub-Saharan Africa, 20 to 80% of maize yields may be lost because of a semi-parasitic plant, Striga.
- Tar Spot Complex a potential big black spot on US maize economy
A new study shows that nearly 12 million hectares of the maize-growing USA, approximately 33 percent of the entire maize-growing area of the country, might be vulnerable to a disease called Tar Spot Complex (TSC).
- Preserving native maize and culture in Mexico
Felipa Martinez, an indigenous Mexican grandmother, grins as she shows off a bag bulging with maize cobs saved from last harvest season.
- First zinc-enriched maize in Guatemala to combat malnutrition
The first zinc-enriched maize varieties developed specifically for farmers in Guatemala were released this month as part of efforts to improve food and nutrition security.
- 13th Asian Maize Conference and Expert Consultation on “Maize for Food, Feed, Nutrition and Environmental Security”
The 13th Asian Maize Conference will be held October 8-10 to bring together key Asian maize partners to discuss opportunities and challenges for enhancing food, feed, nutrition and environmental security in Asia.
- Global maize experts discuss biofortification for nutrition and health
Over two billion people across the world suffer from hidden hunger, the consumption of a sufficient number of calories, but still lacking essential nutrients such as vitamin A, iron or zinc.
- Explaining the science behind Provitamin A maize
A publication from the Global Crop Diversity Trust delves into the science behind Provitamin A maize, a biofortified maize variety with the power to reduce malnutrition and vitamin A deficiency.
- New GENNOVATE videos highlight changing gender norms in agriculture
A series of videos have been published by the GENNOVATE initiative to raise awareness about and explore the interlinkages between gender norms, agency, and innovation in agriculture.
- First zinc maize variety launched to reduce malnutrition in Colombia
A new zinc-enriched maize variety was released in Colombia on February 23 to help combat malnutrition in South America.
- New technical guide to help farmers protect against fall armyworm
A new comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM)-based technical guide produced by international experts will help scientists, extension agents and farmers to tackle the fall armyworm
- “Bazooka” maize makes a bang in Uganda
A new drought-tolerant, disease-resistant maize variety is bringing hope to farmers in Uganda.
- Partners invited to apply for allocation of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in eastern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production for farmers.
- Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during April 2018
The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2018 at the begining of January, 2018
- Climate insurance for farmers: a shield that boosts innovation
New insurance products geared towards smallholder farmers can help them recover their losses, and even encourage investment in climate-resilient innovations.
- Helping farming families thrive while fighting climate change in Mexico
Women and youth help lead efforts to adopt climate-friendly farming and safeguard indigenous maize yields
- New crop varieties that counter climate change: a best bet for farmers
Stress tolerant crop varieties named as one of “10 best bet innovations for adaptation in agriculture” in new working paper.
- Partners invited to apply for allocation of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids
CIMMYT is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production for farmers in these areas. Apply by November 1st, 2017.
- New screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya
The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its second screening cycle of 2017 at the end of October.
- Drought tolerant maize provides extra 9 months of food for farming families
A new study shows that drought tolerant (DT) maize varieties can provide farming families in Zimbabwe an extra 9 months of food at no additional cost.
- Second-generation haploid inducers: Now available
The second generation of tropically adapted haploid inducers developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) are now available for use by interested breeders and institutions.
- Zimbabwe enacts new strategy in fall armyworm fight
Fall armyworm working group developed recommendations that have culminated in a new strategy to undertake national assessments to determine the impact of the pest on crop yields and how to manage it.
- Available now: The 2016 MAIZE Annual Report
During 2016, the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) made strong progress on both of its research strategies, stress resilient and nutritious maize, and sustainable intensification of maize-based systems.
- New online portal offers information to curb maize lethal necrosis in Africa
The new maize lethal necrosis (MLN) online portal provides up-to-date information and surveillance tools to help researchers control and stop the spread of the deadly disease.
- CIMMYT 2016 annual report ‘Maize and wheat for future climates’
The 2016 CIMMYT Annual Report details the strong partnerships and science through which MAIZE lead center CIMMYT creates and shares innovations for farmers to grow more, earn more and reduce environmental impacts:
- Could marketing native maize contribute to poverty reduction in Guatemala?
A recent study investigated whether facilitating the emergence of niche markets for local maize varieties in the western highlands of Guatemala could contribute to poverty reduction.
- CIMMYT sends largest ever seed shipment to revitalize agriculture in Haiti
CIMMYT has grown 150 tons of renewed, improved maize seed that will be sent to Haitian farmers to help jump-start the country’s seed sector, improve local food security and decrease malnutrition.
- Successfully combatting aflatoxin in Kenya’s food with Aflasafe on a large scale
Aflatoxin has resulted in deaths, widespread contamination of food, animal feed and milk, and destruction of maize.
- Seed certification critical to quality seed production
Seed certification is a rigorous process of testing new maize varieties before they are made available to farmers .
- Fall Armyworm devastates crops in sub-Saharan Africa: A quick and coordinated regional response is required
The recent appearance of the fall armyworm, an insect-pest, which causes damage to more than 80 crop species in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, poses a serious challenge and significant risk to the region’s food security.
- Can drought-resilient maize take pressure off African farmers?
Is drought-resilient maize an answer to pressure on African farmers through climate change? The Center for Development Research (ZEF) organised a panel of experts to address this topic in Bonn, Germany.
- New CGIAR Research Portfolio tackles growing complexity of agricultural development challenges
CGIAR has launched a new portfolio of research programs designed to reduce by 150 million the number of people who do not have enough food to eat in developing nations.
- Global experts and stakeholders meet to develop fall armyworm emergency plan and management strategy for Africa
Smallholder farmers in eastern, southern and western Africa are facing a major threat to their crops from the fall armyworm, which has so far damaged almost 300,000 hectares of maize.
- Maize breeding on track for climate change in Africa, scientist urges bigger investments
A comprehensive study of genetic gains in eastern and southern Africa shows that with appropriate funding, maize yields can continue to increase in extreme heat and drought conditions.
- Tackling aflatoxin, the killer poison in Africa’s food
Aflatoxin in food was among the prominent issues discussed at the recent First All-Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28th to 31st March 2017.
- Increasing genetic gains in maize through integration of novel tools and technologies
CIMMYT is organizing a two week international training course on increasing genetic gains through integration of novel tools and technologies, for maize breeders in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Ph.D. Research projects ‘Linking African Smallholders to Dynamic Markets’
The Development Economics Group at Wageningen University, CIMMYT and IFPRI are searching for three PhD researchers for complementary PhD projects on innovations that help African smallholders establish linkages to input and output markets.
- New selection method allows for rapid development of improved maize varieties
Marker-assisted recurrent selection (MARS) is helping maize breeders develop higher yielding and drought-tolerant improved varieties faster than ever before
- New maize hybrid shows resistance to stem borers in South Africa
Smallholder farmers in South Africa can now access and grow new maize varieties with transgenic resistance to stem borers, the most damaging insect pest of maize.
- Tackling the deadly fall armyworm infestation devastating maize in southern Africa
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.
- Q+A: Scientist Thokozile Ndhlela inspires girls in Africa to embrace agriculture careers
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.
- Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates
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.
- New cycle of maize lethal necrosis germplasm screening to begin at Kenya site in May 2017
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.
- Scientists harness efforts to increase use of stress tolerant maize by smallholder farmers
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
- New reports shed light on maize seed sector functioning and adoption
The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) looks at seed sector functioning and the adoption of improved maize varieties in India, Malawi, Mexico and Zambia.
- As temperatures soar, Zimbabwe's farmers test maize that can cope
"Now that the climate has changed, it is time for farmers to change too," researchers say.
- Spotlight: MAIZE in Africa
Since its introduction to the continent in the 1500’s, maize has become a major staple crop in Africa as well as an important component of rural livelihoods.
- Weeding out the losses: Striga challenges in Kenya
Every planting season presents a different kind of challenge for smallholder farmers, and for those in Siaya’s Alego sub-county in Western Kenya, the nightmare of a recurring crop-killing weed is all too real.