Stress tolerant maize adoption provides proven benefits to farming families
In 2019, the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project continued to work to ensure that farmers in target countries could access improved, drought tolerant maize seeds. Over 87,000 metric tons of certified seed of stress tolerant maize varieties were commercialized in 2019, benefiting 6.73 million rural households.
Keeping the fall armyworm at bay: Asia tackles the pest from all angles
When a caterpillar munched through Muhammad Hasan Ali’s maize field in 2018, he was stumped as to what it was or how he could manage the voracious pest. All this Bangladeshi farmer knew was that his harvest and family’s income security were at risk.
Sustainable Intensification: A global approach
Around the world, MAIZE and its partners are helping farmers adopt sustainable intensification practices to improve yields without adverse environmental impact. Under the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project in Bangladesh, a total of 59,166 farmers implemented crop management practices recommended by the project and its partners on 17,113 hectares in 2019.
More options for farmers: Blue maize varieties with improved yield and nutrition
While many consumers are only familiar with white or yellow maize, native maize from Mexico and Latin America can come in a dazzling array of colors, including blue, red, or purple kernels. These deeper-hued varieties are gaining popularity around the world for their delicious taste and added health benefits, but are cultivated mainly by smallholder farmers on small plots of land, making it difficult to meet large-scale consumer demand.
MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards 2019: Africa and Latin America
The MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards were held in Africa and Latin America in 2019 to recognize the contributions of young women and men under 35 who are implementing innovations in maize-based agri-food systems, including research for development, seed systems, agribusiness, and sustainable intensification. First launched in Asia in 2018, these awards are part of the efforts that the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) is undertaking to promote youth participation in maize agri-food systems.