- Biofortified vitamin A maize improves nutrition and livelihoods in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwean farmer Steven Seremwe is one of about 250,000 farmers who have benefited from biofortified vitamin A maize through the Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP).
- Are maize agro-food systems aligned with the United Nations’ SDGs?
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out requirements for improving the livelihoods of all beings on Earth. How does maize align with and support the SDG narrative?
- Include small indigenous production systems to improve rural livelihoods
Researchers have found a link suggesting that supporting and building upon indigenous agricultural practices could lead to a decline in forced migration.
- Happy New Year from the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE)!
As we look forward to 2020, here’s a recap of some of the exciting MAIZE activities and accomplishments of 2019:
- New publications: Understanding changes in farming systems to propose adapted solutions
Farming systems are moving targets. Agricultural Research and Development (R&D) must understand where they come from and where they are going to offer solutions that are adapted.
- Biofortified crops address the world’s ‘hidden hunger’
Feeding the world is about more than just satisfying stomachs. Food scientists and nutritionists have long recognized that the foods we eat not only need to fill us up, but nourish our bodies as well.
- Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during January 2020
The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2020 at the beginning of January 2020
- Highlighting innovation in Latin American maize agri-food systems
The 23rd Latin American Maize Reunion brought together maize experts from around the world to discuss the key challenges facing the crop and how to solve them.
- Closing the yield gap: Why localized analysis matters
Populations in Central America are rising rapidly, but staple crop production seems unable to keep up with increasing food demands.
- Fight against fall armyworm in Asia benefits from experience in other regions
Scientists mobilize African and Latin American knowledge to protect Asia’s maize.
By Vanessa Meadu
When the destructive fall armyworm arrived in Asia in the summer of 2018, scientists were not taken by surprise. They had been anticipating its arrival on the continent as the next stage of its aggressive eastward journey, driven by changing climatic conditions and international trade routes. The pest, native to North and South America, had invaded and spread throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa within two years, severely damaging billions of dollars of maize crops and threatening food security for millions of people. Asian countries would have to mobilize quickly to cope with this new threat.
After reaching India in 2018, the pest spread to other parts of Asia, including Bangladesh, mainland China, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Fall armyworm is a major threat to Asia’s maize farmers, many of whom derive a crucial ...
- Young innovator Carlos Barragan García is implementing sustainable maize systems for smallholder farmers
Carlos Barragan García works on soil fertility as well as inclusive business models for smallholder farmers working in maize agri-food value chains.
- Yésica Chazarreta studies how later planting dates affect maize production in Argentina
Yésica Chazarreta investigates how later planting dates affect the maize production of farmers in Argentina’s main maize growing region.
- Young innovator Lucio Reinoso is helping farmers to maximize maize production while caring for the environment
Lucio and his team developed a new seeder that allows farmers to sow their maize using the same furrow from the year before and leaving behind crop residue on the surface, helping them to implement conservation agriculture practices and minimize impacts on the environment.
- Young Innovator promotes the production and consumption of native maize in Mexico
Jose Esteban Sotelo Mariche is an agronomist from the coastal region of Oaxaca, Mexico with a specialization in food security and rural development.
- Young Innovator Eduardo Cruz Rojo uses biological control methods against fall armyworm
Eduardo Cruz Rojo did not come from a farming family, and never expected to work in agriculture. However, this 26 year old from Alfajayucan, Hidalgo, Mexico with a degree in logistics has been able to earn enough money from agriculture to quit his office job just by employing innovative and sustainable eco-friendly solutions on his maize farm to reduce pests and increase yields—and he is helping other farmers in his community to do the same.
- Young researcher brings edible maize fungus to Mexican tables for better nutrition
Omar Garcilazo Rahme works to help smallholder farmers in Mexico improve their nutrition and livelihoods by cultivating huitlacoche, an edible maize fungus prized by consumers and chefs that is considered a delicacy.
- Young Innovator Viviana López Ramírez studies bacterial maize diseases to help farmers
Viviana López Ramírez uses her passion for biology to tackle agricultural challenges in her adopted country, Argentina. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, she forms part of a multidisciplinary team at the Institute of Agro-biotechnical Research (INIAB) at the National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina working to isolate and identify pathogenic microorganisms in maize in order to identify resistant lines for farmers.
- Doubled haploid technology: benefits and prospects
by Natasha Nagarajan
A report by CIMMYT maize scientists highlights the benefits, both current and potential, of doubled haploid (DH) technology in a recent article published in Theoretical and Applied Genetics.
The word haploid
indicates that the cells in a plant has half the number of chromosomes as its
parent. Haploids occur very rarely in maize but their frequency can be
increased significantly by using haploid inducers, which are specific
genotypes of maize with defects in their pollen. Haploids can be separated from
diploids using several phenotypic markers at the seed or seedling stage.
Haploids are sterile, so they must undergo chromosome doubling in order to
begin meiosis and reproduce. Doubled haploids are formed through the
spontaneous or artificial duplication of chromosomes in identified
In this photo John Okoth Ochieng, CIMMYT field assistant, compares a diploid (left) and haploid maize seed (right). The haploid seed is recognizable from the purple anthocyanin color marker. Photo: Jennifer Johnson.
CIMMYT scientists have
laid out ...
- Blue maize is all the rage, but are consumers willing to pay?
A recent growth in popularity of blue maize has led researchers to conduct a choice experiment study on blue maize tortillas to test consumer preferences and willingness to pay for this product.
- Climate change expected to hit northern Central American countries disproportionately
Photo by Neil Palmer (International Center for Tropical Agriculture). Maize seed ready for planting in Nicaragua.
By Natasha Nagarajan
A recent study by the International Food Policy Research Institute
estimates that rainfed maize yields in countries in northern Central America
are at the highest risk of crop loss as a result of climate change in the
Maize crops occupy more than 36% of total cultivated land in
Central America and almost 19% in the Andean countries. IFPRI’s study examined
potential impacts of climate change through the year 2050. According to the
results, Costa Rica is expected to suffer the hardest blow to maize yields, at
an almost 17% loss, with Honduras following behind at around 12%.
Though there are steps that can be taken to soften the
devastating effects of climate change, many countries in the area are unable to
adapt in these ways. El Salvador faces the greatest challenges in adapting to
climate change due to weak land ...
- 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards - Latin America Winners Announced
The CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards - Latin America.
- New zinc-biofortified maize hybrid provides improved nutrition for Colombian farmers
A new zinc-enriched maize hybrid developed for Colombia will provide added nutrition and financial security to rural farming families in the coffee-growing region of Colombia.
- New CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids available from CIMMYT Asia Maize breeding programs
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in South and South East Asia and similar agro-ecological zones, to scale up production for farmers in these areas.
- MAIZE Annual Report 2018
The MAIZE Annual Report 2018 is now online! To go directly to the online version of the report, please click here.
- Call for Nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Latin America
Nominations are now open for the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Latin America/ Las nominaciones para los Premios de Innovación Juvenil en Maíz 2019 - América Latina están abiertas.
- Malawi must harness the innovative minds of its youth for a climate smart future: Blessings Likagwa
Blessings Likagwa is the first ever winner in the "farmer" category of the MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards.
- Using mobile apps to fight the fall armyworm: Lokwa Mila Giresse
Lokwa Mila Giresse received the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa for his innovative work developing the Mobile Agribiz app that helps farmers diagnose and monitor fall armyworm infestation in maize.
- Young innovator develops bicycle-powered maize cleaning machine to help schoolchildren
Ismael Mayanja was recognized by the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Award – Africa for developing a bicycle-powered maize cleaning machine that reduces labor time and improves the health of school children in Uganda.
- Hildegarde Dukunde brings innovative solution to safeguard maize storage
Hildegarde Dukunde received the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Award - Africa for her work getting the innovative DryCard technology to smallholder farmers.
- Increasing maize resistance to parasitic weeds: Admire Shayanowako
Admire Shayanowako recognized by the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards - Africa for his work increasing maize resistance to parasitic weeds.
- Remote Sensing for phenotyping tar spot complex in maize
A new study from researchers at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) can reduce challenges associated with plant disease assessment in the field. The interdisciplinary team demonstrated the effectiveness of remote sensing technologies in maize disease phenotyping using ameras mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that capture image information from non-visible sections of the electromagnetic spectrum.
- Shifting to a demand-led maize improvement agenda
In annual meeting, STMA project partners build on the successes of research in combatting drought, heat, pests and disease.
- Tracing maize landraces, 50 years later
Scientists track down the families in Morelos, Mexico, who donated maize landraces to CIMMYT in 1966-67. Would they still be cultivating them?
- Pest management must consider the landscape context according to ATTIC project PhD thesis
The control of crop pests has long been linked with chemical products like pesticides and insecticides. However, chemicals are often too expensive for smallholder farmers and require careful, appropriate use to ensure effectiveness. What if we could take advantage of natural ecological processes to suppress unwanted organisms, lessening our reliance on external inputs? This is the topic addressed in “Hide and seek: management and landscape factors affecting maize stemborers, Busseola fusca, infestation levels in Ethiopia,” the recent Ph.D. thesis by Yodit Kebede, completed at Wageningen University, Netherlands.
- 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa Winners Announced
The CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) has officially announced the winners of the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa. These awards recognize the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are implementing innovations in African maize-based agri-food systems, including research-for-development, seed systems, agribusiness, and sustainable intensification.
- Maize productivity must increase four-fold to meet growing demand in Africa; implications for low emissions development?
Steep population growth and changing dietary preferences will quadruple maize demand in sub-Saharan Africa. Can production keep up? At what cost to climate change?
- New study identifies best agronomic practices to reduce fall armyworm damage
Good weed management, conservation agriculture, and use of manure and compost are recommended to help control fall armyworm in Africa.
- CIMMYT and Clinton Foundation launch partnership to improve access to climate-resilient maize seed in eastern and southern Africa
New partnership will help farmers in Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania have better access to seeds that help maize crops better withstand growing challenges of drought, pests, diseases, and climate change.
- 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.