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August 2017 - MAIZE in Latin America
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MAIZE in Latin America

Maize is the most widely produced crop in the world. Global maize prduction for the 2015/16 season reached 968.81 million metric tons, according to the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. The same source estimates that global maize production will increase to 1,068.79 million metric tons in 2016/17.

In Latin America, maize is central to people’s identity. Smallholder farmers are the guardians of the crop’s genetic diversity in the form of landraces – native maize varieties that have been passed down through generations.

This Newsletter focuses on MAIZE’s activities in Latin America. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the lead center for MAIZE, has its headquarters in Mexico, the birthplace of maize. Recently, the Mexican maize seed industry has upgraded its portfolio of products to better address the needs of smallholder farmers, thanks to the efforts of the International Maize Improvement Consortium for Latin America. This resulted in an increase in sales by 70 percent over the last five years for more than 50 local companies. You can also read how the maize germplasm bank serves as a backup for farmers and researchers in times of catastrophic seed losses.

For more information on MAIZE activities in Latin America and around the world, please visit our website at In previous Newsletters, you can read about MAIZE in Asia and MAIZE in Africa.
Seed companies and farmers improve maize yields in Mexico

The Mexican maize seed industry has upgraded its portfolio of products to better address the needs of smallholder farmers. More than 50 local companies have seen sales increase by 70 percent in the last 5 years. In 2016 alone, these small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) sold over 1.1 million bags of 100 maize hybrids.
Storing and restoring priceless maizeseed collections in Guatemala
CIMMYT sends largest ever seed shipment to revitalize agriculture in Haiti
Could marketing native maize contribute to poverty reduction in Guatemala?
Highland maize regeneration leads to new opportunities for farmers


IITA announces its 50th anniversary in style

IITA-associated technologies among two of top three innovations to reduce postharvest losses in Africa

Renowned international journal says IITA's drought-resilient maize takes pressure off African farmers

Breaking Ground: Akhter Ali helps transform agriculture sector in Pakistan

Breaking Ground: Vijay Chaikam develops doubled haploid lines to accelerate maize breeding

Breaking Ground: AbduRahman Beshir is revitalizing Pakistan’s maize sector

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Breaking Ground: More data on gender roles key for a food secure world, says Anya Umantseva

Breaking Ground: Closing the circle: Kanwarpal Dhugga works at CIMMYT

Breaking Ground: David Guerena transfers world-class science to smallholder farmers

Breaking Ground: Mainassara Zaman-Allah uses remote sensing to expedite phenotyping

Breaking Ground: Hands on experience gives Carolina Camacho insight into farming best practices


Maize diversity, market access and poverty reduction in the Western Highlands of Guatemala
Accruing genetic gain in pro-vitamin A enrichment from harnessing diverse maize germplasm
Effect of different mulching materials on maize growth and yield in conservation agriculture systems of sub-humid Zimbabwe
Aflatoxin contamination of groundnut and maize in Zambia: observed and potential concentrations
Resistance of Bt-maize (MON810) against the stem borers Busseola fusca (Fuller) and Chilo partellus (Swinhoe) and its yield performance in Kenya
CERES-maize model for determining the optimum planting dates of early maturing maize varieties in northern Nigeria
Characteristics of maize cultivars in Africa: how modern are they and how many do smallholder farmers grow?

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