Improved and sustainable farmer livelihoods through product development innovation

Published on 9 April 2010

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Start Date: 7 December 2006 | End Date: 31 December 2010

Overview

CIMMYT and Pioneer have identified several areas of work of mutual interest in enhancing health and improved productivity through maize. They include: drought tolerance, N use efficiency, Striga resistance and increase grain protein quality. These are areas where CIMMYT has already developed significant expertise and has a track record of success. The focus of this collaboration would be on Africa and the proposed collaboration objectives are outlined below 

CIMMYT  

  • Provides significant know-how and resources to develop phenotypic data for common products
  • Facilitates Pioneer’s access to maize germplasm diversity relevant to smallholder farmers in Africa with particular focus on drought tolerance, N use efficiency, Striga resistance and increase grain protein quality
  • Increases germplasm development targeted at smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan with particular emphasis on drought tolerance, N use efficiency, Striga resistance and increase grain protein quality, for deployment by all partners in Africa (not only Pioneer).
  • Contributes to seed market development by developing maize varieties and hybrids which are more profitable under smallholder farmers conditions and can be deployed by the private seed sector at large (i.e. not only Pioneer)

Pioneer Hi-Bred

  • Co-invests in germplasm development of CIMMYT in Sub-Saharan Africa targeted at smallholder farmers needs, with particular emphasis on drought tolerance, N use efficiency, Striga resistance and increase grain protein quality.
  • Works with CIMMYT to place greater emphasis on the use of inbred development and the creation of hybrids which is of particular benefit to private sector development.
  • Provides significant know-how and resources to develop genetic data for common products generated under this agreement

 

 

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