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NAIROBI, Kenya --Over the past five years, more than 34 new drought tolerant maize varieties have been developed and deployed to over 2 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, empowering them to cope with climate change impacts on their livelihoods and food security. These efforts recently received a funding boost of US$ 33 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the next four years.
Coordinating these efforts is the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT, in partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and national partners from 13 African countries. Known as the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project, it builds upon previous work by more than 50 partners over several decades.