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Maize is a major food, feed and industrial crop and offers immense opportunities for attaining nutritional security in the developing countries of Asia. In fact, annual production growth rate in maize had been higher in Asia compared to global average, reflecting thereby tremendous potential for future upscaling and outscaling of innovations to have greater impact on livelihoods of smallholder farmers. The demand for maize is also expected to double by 2050. On the contrary, the maize production and productivity are severely constrained by an array of factors which need to be addressed urgently. For sustainable increase in yields and stabilizing prices, concerted efforts are required at the policy level to create enabling environment for long-term AR4D investments. The growing needs of the poultry and swine piggery sectors (especially in Southeast Asia and China), the expansion of maize seed industry, and the increasing interest of the consumers in nutritionally enriched and specialty maize products, require greater attention from both research and development viewpoints. Also, the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Maize “Global Alliance for Improving Food Security and the Livelihoods of the Resource-Poor in the Developing World” offers opportunities to catalyze stakeholder initiatives in the region to scale-out innovations in maize-based systems by building new public-private partnerships (PPPs).
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