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  • Solving the ‘’last mile’’ challenge of maize seeds

    Date: March 15, 2019

    Agrodealers play a pivotal role in delivering the gains of the green revolution to millions of smallholders in Africa, providing access to key inputs like improved maize varieties. So far, seed systems research has mainly focused on the factors influencing farmers’ adoption of new varieties, and, to a lesser extent, why seed companies will invest ...

  • Digital imaging tools make maize breeding much more efficient

    Date: March 14, 2019

    Recent innovations in digital imagery and sensors, packaged in what plant scientists call high-throughput phenotyping platforms, save money and time by replacing lengthy paper-based visual observations of crop trials with real-time big data collection and management.

  • Drought-tolerant hybrid seed offers farmers reprieve from hunger

    Date: March 13, 2019

    MACHAKOS, Kenya (CIMMYT) – The scorching heat from the sun does not stop Mary Munini, a middle-aged smallholder farmer in Vyulya, Machakos County, from inspecting her distressed maize crop. Traces of worry cloud her face. “I will not harvest anything this season,” she says, visibly downcast. Like many other smallholder farmers spread across the water-stressed counties ...

  • Access to Stress Tolerant Maize enables Kamano Seeds in Zambia to provide varieties that buffer smallholder farmers in recurrent drought

    Date: November 22, 2018

    CIMMYT’s Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) and Drought Tolerant Maize Seed Scaling (DTMASS) projects have supported family owned seed companies to be part of sustainable long-term solutions to buffer African smallholder farmers against recurrent droughts via access to improved seeds. This is in line with CIMMYT mission strengthen local ...

  • NASECO’s steady success to deliver stress tolerant, high yielding maize seeds to Ugandan farmers

    Date: November 22, 2018

    The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has been supporting Uganda-based Nalweyo Seed Company (NASECO), in collaboration with Uganda’s National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO), to develop and produce high-yielding, stress tolerant maize seed varieties, which have increased farmers’ harvests and improved their livelihoods. Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) ...

  • Researchers team up with farmers to tackle maize stresses

    Date: October 29, 2017

    ETV - Communal farmers in the drought prone Gokwe Nembudziya winning war against Climate Change. Read More.

  • Gokwe villagers hail drought and stress tolerant maize varieties

    Date: October 29, 2017

    ZBC TV - Farmers from Gokwe, Zimbabwe share their experience with new stress tolerant maize varieties developed to help farmers mitigate impact of various stresses that are common in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More.

  • Researchers Work on Drought-tolerant Maize for Africa

    Date: October 29, 2017

    VOA - In Zimbabwe, researchers say they are breeding maize that is drought and heat resistant as part of efforts to fight hunger across Africa, where maize is a staple food. Read More.

  • Can drought-resilient maize take pressure off African farmers?

    Date: June 2, 2017

    Is maize an answer to pressure on African farmers through climate change? The Center for Development Research (ZEF) organised a panel of experts to address this topic in Bonn, Germany. Read More

  • Food Friday: Drought tolerant crops could hold answers for unending drought

    Date: April 3, 2017

    NTV: Food Friday feature looks at why drought tolerant crop varieties could the answer to the pressing food insecurity issues facing Kenya that has been marred with reports of drought, which has caused starvation with reports of deaths of both livestock and people. Read More

  • New maize variety growing in Makueni

    Date: March 22, 2017

    Woni TV - The new KDV4 Maize variety is doing really fine in the dry areas with less rainfall. Farmers from Makueni are harvesting high even with the less rainfall experienced in the area. View Video (Vernacular Kamba language)

  • Makueni farmers adopt drought-tolerant maize seeds to boost yields

    Date: March 22, 2017

    Business Daily - Farmers in Ukambani region are adopting new maize seed varieties that are tolerant to drought, making the area that has been synonymous with hunger over the years food secure. Read More

  • Hope for semi-arid farmers as drought bites

    Date: March 22, 2017

    KNA - Ruth Malika, a small scale farmer in Makueni County has dutifully planted traditional maize varieties for years, expecting bounty harvests, but would always end up disappointed. Read More

  • Makueni farmers to receive bumper harvest from drought resistant maize strain

    Date: February 28, 2017

    KBC - Farmers in Makueni County are expecting a bumper harvest from a new variety of maize developed by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre. View Video

  • Feature: Drought tolerant maize varieties shield Kenyan smallholders from hunger pangs

    Date: February 22, 2017

    Zhinua - Joyce Matheka's one acre farm located in Makueni County in lower-eastern Kenya was a spectacle to behold on Friday thanks to a lush green foliage that announced a bumper harvest in the near future. Read more

  • Drought proof seeds offer farmers hope

    Date: November 23, 2016

    Deutsche Welle - Scientists in Zimbabwe have developed drought tolerant crops to combat food insecurity in drought-stricken Africa. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) says the new seed varieties could play a major role in safeguarding food security in Zimbabwe and across Africa. Listen to Audio broadcast

  • As temperatures soar, Zimbabwe's farmers test maize that can cope

    Date: November 19, 2016

    Thomson Reuters Foundation - Aplonia Marutsvaka looks triumphant as she shows off one of her three bags of gleaming white maize. She harvested the grain in the midst of a drought and sapping heat that charred many other types of crop. Read More

  • Zimbabwean scientists unveil maize seeds resistant to heat, drought

    Date: November 19, 2016

    VOA — Scientists in Zimbabwe say they have developed new heat and drought tolerant varieties of maize that may be ready for sale ahead of the next planting season. Read More

  • African smallholders to get stress-tolerant maize

    Date: October 20, 2016

    SCIDEV - A new project that aims to provide farmers in Sub-Saharan Africawith stress-tolerant maize varieties has been launched to help the region boost food security. Read More 

  • New project helps African farmers address multiple stresses in maize farming

    Date: October 20, 2016

    The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and its partners have unveiled a new project – Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) – to diminish devastating environmental effects in maize production that occur simultaneously across many regions in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More

  • New project promises hardy maize

    Date: October 20, 2016

    SCIDEV - A Mexican-African project to develop better and more climate-tolerant maize varieties using traditional breeding techniques has been launched. The partners involved in the Stress-Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA)project aim to develop varieties that are more tolerant to heat, drought, diseases and low soil fertility than existing types. Read ...

  • New variety to double maize yields in Africa

    Date: October 19, 2016

    The East African - Saharan Africa will soon receive a new stress-tolerant seed variety that is expected to increase yields by 30-50 per cent. Scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre said the improved variety is tolerant to drought, low soil fertility, heat and diseases such as lethal ...

  • Project to improve maize productivity in Africa launched

    Date: October 19, 2016

    Xinhua -- A global maize and wheat research organization said Tuesday it has a new project aimed at improving maize productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The International Maize and Wheat Improvement center (CIMMYT) and its partners launched Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) to diminish devastating environmental effects in ...

Photo Stories

  • Maize in the eyes of farmers - Photostory

    2016/2017 was a year full of exciting moments albeit pressing challenges farmers faced across sub-Saharan Africa. Through concerted and collaborative work,  CIMMYT and its partners developed and disseminated improved maize varieties that have helped make a difference in the lives of smallholder farmers. Read More

  • Maize breeders and technicians equipped to breed for stress tolerant maize

    Over 50 maize technicians and breeders from sub-Saharan Africa received training on various facets of maize breeding work on various stresses, as part of STMA capacity building efforts . Read More

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