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February 2017 - A New Phase for MAIZE
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A New Phase for MAIZE

As of 2017, MAIZE and the other CGIAR Research Programs and new Platforms entered Phase-II (2017-2022). MAIZE is currently building on the successes and lessons from Phase-I (2011-2016), some of which you can read about in this edition of the MAIZE Newsletter.

MAIZE Phase-II features the following four (instead of five) Flagship Projects:
FP1 Enhancing MAIZE’s R4D strategy for impact 
FP2 Novel diversity and tools for improving genetic gains
FP3 Stress tolerant and nutritious maize
FP4 Sustainable intensification of maize-based systems for improved smallholder livelihoods
The biggest change compared to Phase-I is that MAIZE is no longer a predominantly commodity focused CRP, but an agri-food systems CRP. An agri-food system is an interdependent set of institutions, activities and enterprises that collectively develop and deliver material inputs to the farming sector, produce primary commodities, and subsequently handle, process, transport, market and distribute food and other agro-based products to consumers.
Look out for more news on Phase-II updates in our next Newsletters. Also keep an eye on our website at for more information on MAIZE activities around the world.
Study reveals diversity "blueprint" to help maize crops adapt to changing climates 

Scientists have unlocked evolutionary secrets of landraces through an unprecedented study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis of flowering time and how maize adapts to variable environments, according to new research published in Nature Genetics journal. The discovery opens up opportunities to explore and use landrace diversity in new ways to help breeders adapt crops to climate change and other emerging challenges to crop production.
New cycle of maize lethal necrosis germplasm screening to begin at Kenya site in May 2017
Maize value chain holds gender mainstreaming workshop for partners in Nigeria
Africa RISING partners kick off phase 2 with a science for impact event
A ton of seed shipped to the doomsday vault at Svalbard


Recent Publications

Improving maize grain yield under drought stress and non-stress environments in sub-Saharan Africa using Marker-Assisted Recurrent Selection
Determinants of child nutritional status in the eastern province of Zambia: the role of improved maize varieties
Combined linkage and association mapping identifies a major QTL (qRtsc8-1), conferring tar spot complex resistance in maize
Heterosis and combining ability of elite maize inbred lines under northern corn leaf blight disease prone environments of the mid-altitude tropics
MAIZE Phase-I Highlights

MAIZE CRP in Phase-I

MAIZE CRP Infographic


Check out this excellent podcast from the BBC World Service's "The Food Chain," featuring MAIZE Director B.M. Prasanna discussing the global importance of this "King of the Crops."
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