A-Maize-Ing

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 1 November 2011

Citation

(2011), "A-Maize-Ing", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 60 No. 8. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijppm.2011.07960haa.008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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A-Maize-Ing

Article Type: News From: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Volume 60, Issue 8

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) – the world’s largest international agriculture research coalition – announced a $170 million global alliance and program to expand and accelerate research into maize.

“This program aims to double the productivity of maize farms, while also making those farms more resilient to climate change and reducing the amount of land used for growing the crop,” said Carlos Perez del Castillo, CGIAR Consortium board chair. “As a result, farmers’ incomes are expected to rise and their livelihood opportunities to increase, contributing to rural poverty reduction in developing countries.”

Under the research program, 40 million smallholder farm family members are expected to see direct benefits by 2020 and 175 million by 2030. The program is expected to provide enough maize to meet the annual food demands of an additional 135 million consumers by 2020 and 600 million by 2030. The program will be implemented by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), and the International Institute of Tropic Agriculture (IITA).