Director of the Global Maize Program
CIMMYT develops and deploys maize germplasm with high yield, stress resilience and nutritional quality for over 600 million maize-dependent people, including about 120 million malnourished children in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The product development team focuses on developing germplasm with tolerance to drought, heat, poor soil fertility, waterlogging, acidity, diseases, insect-pests and parasitic weeds, in partnership with an array of public and private institutions. Trait pipeline work includes identification, validation and deployment of molecular markers for key traits, and implementation of marker-assisted recurrent selection and genomic selection for increasing genetic gains in tropical maize germplasm. The program also undertakes strategic research on doubled haploid technology for the tropics, for accelerated development of homozygous parental lines, and offers related development service to national agricultural research systems and small- and medium-enterprise seed companies.
This work plays a key role in facilitating the deployment of improved maize seed in the tropics, especially targeting women farmers and disadvantaged groups to maximize impact. Work includes identification of easy-to-produce, best-bet hybrids and improved open-pollinated varieties, seed production research and recommendations, promoting scale-up and delivery of new and promising products through seed company partners.
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