SI 2. Sustainable intensification and income opportunities for the poor
This Strategic Initiative aims at reducing poverty and hunger through integrated and scalable innovations that improve market access and increase the productivity, sustainability, and resilience of maize-based farming systems.
Malawian maize farmers in Balaka District for example often lose at least a third of their harvest to late, erratic, or severely reduced rainfall. These farmers have been increasingly adopting sustainable crop management practices promoted under MAIZE to capture and hold rainfall, salvage harvests when water is scarce, and cut labor.