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CIMMYT scorecard on food security in eastern and central Africa

September 8, 2016

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Smallholder farmer prepares maize plot for planting with CIMMYT improved varieties, Embu, Kenya. Photo: CIMMYT

Smallholder farmer prepares maize plot for planting with CIMMYT improved varieties, Embu, Kenya. Photo: CIMMYT

CIMMYT 50th international anniversary celebrations

WHAT: Over 150 partners drawn from national agricultural research organizations and seed companies; government officials, ambassadors, donors and policy makers from national, regional and international agriculture for development community will join the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants will review lessons learned and achievements of years of collaboration with partners. They will take socio-economic, political and cultural factors under consideration, and make recommendations on the focus that CIMMYT and partners should take to ensure food security and sustainable maize and wheat agricultural food systems for the future.

THEME: Food and nutrition security in Eastern and Central Africa in changing environments: past, present and future

WHEN: September 9 – 10, 2016

WHERE: Locations in Kenya

  • Field visits on September 9, 2016 to observe CIMMYT work hosted by Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Organisation Research stations in Kiboko, Naivasha and Njoro
  • High level discussions, presentations, exhibitions, and celebrations on September 10, 2016 at the Windsor Hotel in Nairobi.

GUESTS & KEY SPEAKERS

Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Government of Kenya

Peter Mositet, Member Senate Agricultural Committee and Senator Kajiado County

Eliud Kireger, Director General Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization will deliver a presentation on: Working together with CIMMYT for improved livelihoods in the eastern Africa Region

Martin Kropff, Director General,  CIMMYT will deliver a presentation on:  CIMMYT impacts in food and nutrition security in Eastern and Central Africa in changing environments

Karen Freeman, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development in Kenya and East Africa will deliver a presentation on: Towards increased investments in public and private sectors to ensure enhanced growth in agricultural sector in sub-Saharan Africa

Julie Borlaug, Associate Director for External Relations, Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture will deliver a presentation on:  “Maize and wheat R4D: Lessons from the past that inform the process towards a more food secure future in Africa

 

“50 YEARS OF IMPACT” STORIES FROM AFRICA

  1. Maize variety options for Africa
    • The maize success story in Africa in the eyes of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Project (2007-2015) that released over 200 improved varieties in the targeted 13 countries.
  2. Harnessing maize bioversity for food security, improved livelihoods in Africa
    • Diverse stress tolerant maize varieties are benefiting smallholders through the sub-Saharan Africa
  3. Emergency seed project brings relief to drought-affected farmers in Ethiopia
    • As Ethiopia struggles with its worst drought in 50 years, farmers pin their hopes on seed delivered through emergency projects.
  4.  CIMMYT and partners set the pace in maize and wheat research in Africa
    • State-of-art research facilities leap Africa’s Agricultural potential through modern research.
  5. Fight against Maize Lethal Necrosis
    • Though the Maize lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease has devastated smallholders in eastern Africa region since 2011, ongoing intensive research work with partners is soon bringing relief as collaborative efforts strive to curb further spread of the disease to non-endemic countries in Africa.

For more stories visit the Africa Page

FURTHER INFORMATION

Brenda Wawa

Communications Officer

Email: b.wawa@cgiar.org

Mobile: +254 733 338 723

Twitter: @bwawa_b

 

 


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