New report discusses maize’s relationships to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
is one of the most important cereals on Earth, especially in Africa and Latin America.
Not only is it a significant source of food for humans, but it is also valuable
as animal feed and is even used in biofuel. In a recently published paper in the journal Global Food Security, scientists from
the University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and the International Maize and
Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) discuss the importance of maize in relation
to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs lay out
requirements for improving the livelihoods of all beings on Earth, creating a
more sustainable future, and addressing issues such as climate change, social
inequality, poverty and peace. Maize is highlighted in this paper as a
prime example of a resource that aligns with and supports the SDG narrative in
many different ways.
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. This is one of the main objectives of the Trajectories and Trade-offs for Intensification of Cereal-based systems (ATTIC), project funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) and implemented by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Farming System Ecology group at Wageningen University & Research.
The Development Economics Group at Wageningen University (WUR, the Netherlands), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT, Mexico) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, USA) are searching for