IITA improving maize genotyping workflow in developing countries
With growing concerns around food and nutrition security globally due to the Ukraine−Russia war, there is also an increased need for improving food systems through research. With a mandate to transform agriculture and increase food production sustainably, IITA–CGIAR researchers are consistently delivering technologies that impact the livelihood of smallholder farmers.
Using genetic engineering and selective breeding, IITA-CGIAR is developing a wide range of staple varieties and biofortified crops that address hunger and micronutrient deficiencies. Maize, one of the most important cereal and staple crops in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), accounts for about 50% of low-income household expenditure and is a good source of protein, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and dietary fiber. Maize provides over 30% of caloric intake for more than 300 million Africans.