MLN gene editing and pre-breeding
MAIZE and partners have worked tirelessly to prevent the spread and mitigate the impact of maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease since its discovery in Kenya in 2011. In the present, researchers are working to develop maize varieties with resistance to MLN using cutting-edge technologies and techniques to provide relief to farmers facing the disease.
Optimizing sustainable intensification in Asia
Achievements of the CSISA initiative in 2017
Researchers and extension agents of the USAID supported Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), a project aligned with MAIZE, made significant progress in 2017. Initiatives aimed at improving agricultural production and standards of living for farmers in South Asia were developed and implemented.
Doubled haploids for a faster breeding cycle
Doubled haploids and second generation tropicalized haploid inducers
The use of doubled haploid (DH) technology and release of second generation tropicalized haploid inducers by CIMMYT have allowed breeders to greatly reduce the time and cost associated with the development of improved maize lines. Over 93,0000 DH lines were developed from 455 populations and delivered by CIMMYT in 2017 to maize breeding programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
How do gender ‘norms’ affect innovation in maize-based systems?
Findings of the GENNOVATE report to MAIZE
A new report from GENNOVATE, a cross-CRP, global comparative research initiative, examines how local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors (norms) and social rules affect people's ability to access, adopt and benefit from innovations in maize-based farming.
Seeds of hope
Reducing malnutrition in Haiti
In 2017, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) with support from MAIZE sent 150 tons of new and improved maize seed to Haiti to jumpstart the development of the country’s maize seed sector, improve local food security, and decrease malnutrition. This was the largest seed shipment to any country in CIMMYT’s history.
Translating research into impact
Over its lifespan, MAIZE, in collaboration with partner organizations, has produced a broad range of innovations, such as climate-resilient crops, sustainable land use practices, farm mechanization options and effective extension services, which have significant potential to improve livelihoods and foster more productive, sustainable maize farming. But ensuring research and its outcomes reach a meaningful number of farmers to have a widespread impact is challenging.