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The golden Grain
After a long-term and sustained
strategic research effort at the CIMMYT headquarters in Mexico, researchers
arrived at a new breeding method that promised considerable yield gains
under drought and low soil fertility conditions.
To develop maize strains that better
tolerate drought and low soil fertility conditions has been a dream of
CIMMYT researchers since the seventies. In 1996, a new breeding method
was ready to be tested in one of the toughest environments in the world
- Southern Africa.
Southern Africa has one of the most variable
rainfall patterns in the world. Soil fertility is often poor, particularly
as many farmers cannot afford to purchase costly fertilizers or do not
have cattle that could provide them with manure. Maize is the most important
staple food in this region.