SI 1. Socioeconomics and policies for maize futures

MAIZE photoIn a rapidly changing global economic and social situation as most prominently evidenced by recent food price developments, national, regional, and international economics researchers need to work together. This Strategic Initiative include outcome such as: a concerted effort to provide greatest benefits to the resource-poor and reduce gender disparities trough better targeting of new technologies, policies, strategic analysis, and institutional innovations.


Estimated impact
Benefits to scientists and partners Better targeting of interventions to reach the poor; foresight to inform breeding; better policies for impact and price stabilization; valuation of traits; better priority setting; gender mainstreaming; better policies for sustainable and inclusive growth.
Benefit to the poor More relevant and accessible maize innovations available to the poor. Earlier access to maize innovations. Higher smallholder income; cheaper food for consumers.
Benefit to the environment Increased diversity and more sustainable intensification of maize-based systems along rainfed to irrigated continuum. Reduced pressure on marginal environments.
Others Positive spillovers to non-maize R&D within national and global programs.