SI 5. Towards doubling maize productivity

MAIZE photoThrough public–private partnerships, increase maize productivity among smallholders in high-potential areas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, thereby providing food for 50–170 million poor maize consumers, reducing demands on land and irrigation, increasing the diversity of improved maize varieties grown by farmers and fostering a more competitive maize seed sector.

More specifically, this strategic initiative works with National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) and Small and Medium Entreprises (SME) seed companies to reduce constraints to seed production and increase the number of MAIZE derived varieties that are being becoming available to farmers that had so far inadequate access to improved germplasm.


Estimated impact 2020 2030
Benefit to the poor The target area includes an estimated 615 million maize-dependent poor
Annual production increase 3.5 million tons maize grain 10.6 million tons maize grain
Food calorie equivalent (at 2,000 kcal) 9% of the caloric intake of 622 million maize consumers 28% of the caloric intake of 622 million maize consumers
Annual value addition USD 575 million USD 1,900 million
Benefit to the environment Increased land and water use efficiency; increased deployment of maize genetic diversity
Others Strengthening of local entrepreneurs and innovators