We work with partners from all around the world to produce superior maize hybrids. In the tropics and subtropics of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, our work enhances food security and the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and their families. Our research has been particularly beneficial in areas like sub-Saharan Africa, where maize is a staple for most communities. This means that high maize yields will go a long way to solving food shortage issues.
- Our aim is to develop stress tolerance, increased nutritional quality, nutrient utilization efficiency, and acceptable seed production qualities for our maize hybrids.
- We Strengthen local maize seed production and delivery systems and deploy enhanced maize varieties in the tropics through partnerships with various entities.
- We also want to improve the efficiency of maize breeding operations. We achieve this by accelerating the rate at which the genetic potential for maize yields improves each year through contemporary technology.
- Increase local capacity in maize breeding and seed systems, particularly among women and youth, through training and knowledge exchange.
- Our maize breeding program aims to develop quality hybrids and enhance open-pollinated and elite maize lines. We also have science-based varietal targeting and improved productivity in target locations.
In addition to increased grain output, our maize breeding teams concentrate on:
- Drought, heat, and poorly fertile soil tolerance provide yield stability in stress-prone situations.
- Major disease resistance, insect pest resistance, and parasitic weed resistance.
- Strong public-private partnerships are at the heart of our maize breeding and seed system research and development.
We want to help farmers get better produce and fetch higher prices for it in the market.