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CGIAR Research Program on Maize

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“MAIZE” is a CGIAR Research Program (CRP) launched in 2012 by the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health, nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by 15 research centers, which are members of the CGIAR Consortium, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector.

Led by CIMMYT, with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture as its main CGIAR Consortium partner, MAIZE focuses on increasing maize production for the 900 million poor consumers in Africa, South Asia and Latin America for whom maize is a staple food.

MAIZE is an international collaboration involving more than 300 partners from the public and private sectors, national institutions, international research organizations and seed companies. This unique partnership seeks to mobilize global resources in maize research and development to achieve a greater strategic impact on maize-based farming systems in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. The overarching goal of the program is to double maize productivity, increase incomes and improve livelihood opportunities resulting from sustainable maize-based farming systems.

Flagship projects:

MAIZE unites its partner institutions in identifying a uniquely strategic approach to address key challenges in maize-based systems.

MAIZE CRP has six main topics or flagship projects:

FP 1: Foresight, targeting, adoption and impact

FP 2: Novel Diversity and Tools for Improving Genetic Gains and Breeding Efficiency

FP 3: High Yielding, Stress Tolerant and nutritious maize

FP 4: Sustainable Intensification of Maize-based Cropping Systems

FP 5: Adding Value for maize producers, processors and consumers

FP 6: Scaling up and out


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  • Ensure increased demands for food are met and food prices are stabilized at levels that are affordable for poor consumers
  • Farm systems are more sustainable and resilient, despite the impacts of climate, and their dependence on irrigation and increasingly expensive fertilizers is reduced
  • Increased production in developing countries is achieved mainly through higher yields, thus lessening pressure on forests, hill slopes and other crops
  • Poverty and malnutrition are reduced, especially among women and children, and a greater proportion of women and young adults are able to engage in profitable and environmentally friendly farming
  • Developing countries are able to compete more vigorously in export markets and ensure benefits for a wide range of actors in the value chain of major food crops
  • Disadvantaged farmers and countries gain better access to cutting-edge proprietary technologies through innovative partnerships, in particular with advanced research institutes and the private sector
  • A new generation of scientists and other professionals guide national agricultural research across the developing world and working in partnership with the CGIAR, the private sector, policy makers and other stakeholders to enhance efficiency and impact. MAIZE value for money


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