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CIMMYT Receives Recognition for Its Role in Strengthening Malawi’s Maize Seed System

By Brenda Wawa

CIMMYT recently received an award in recognition of its efforts and contributions towards developing and strengthening Malawi’s maize seed system. Kennedy Lweya, Seed Business Development Specialist for East and Southern Africa, received the award on behalf of CIMMYT, during the Seed Trade Association of Malawi Congress and Expo––the first of its kind––held on 22–23 October 2015 at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.

Transforming maize farming failures to successes in Kenya’s drylands

Drought is one of the biggest challenges that rain-dependent farmers in Africa face. As a result, millions of smallholders and their families become increasingly vulnerable to crop failure that leads to hunger and deeper poverty. What options do smallholders have in the face of drought?

DT Maize Vol. 4 No. 3 September 2015

dt-maize-bulletin-4-no.3The latest edition of DTMaize bulletin in 2015 focuses on maize production in Kenya. Maize accounts for 40 percent of all crop area, and is Kenya’s most important crop, accounting for more than 51 percent of all staples grown in the country. Maize is produced for both home consumption and market – with small-scale farmers only selling an estimated 20 percent of their production. The bulletin also highlights the end of Africa’s two key maize projects – the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa and Improved Maize for African Soils – that wind up after 8 and 5 years (respectively) of maize work in sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • Uganda Team Shines at DTMA Awards for Eastern Africa
    By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project recognized country teams that demonstrated excellence in breeding and disseminating droughttolerant maize varieties during the Regional Maize Working Group (MWG) meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 17 to 19 February. For the third time since 2011, Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) won […]
  • Seed Systems Team Strategizes and Plans for Africa
    By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT   The CIMMYT-Africa seed systems team met in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 February to take stock of progress in 2013, identify challenges and brainstorm on turning those challenges into opportunities. Global Maize Program (GMP) Director B.M. Prasanna and members of the breeding, communications and socioeconomics teams also attended.   The teams’ successes […]
  • Trained maize breeders can bring huge benefits to Africa
    By Cosmos Magorokosho/CIMMYT CIMMYT recently conducted an intensive, three-week course in Kenya for 37 young maize breeders – including 10 women – to provide them the knowledge and skills to use modern breeding methods efficiently in their maize programs. The course included participants from national programs and seed companies in 14 African countries. Dennis Kyetere, […]