Affordable, Accessible, Asian (AAA) Drought Tolerant Maiz for Asia

This partnership between Syngenta and CIMMYT, funded by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), aims to help smallholder farmers in Asia grow more food and better provide for their families through the development of improved maize varieties.

Affordable, Accessible, Asian (AAA) Drought Tolerant Maiz for Asia

The Affordable, Accessible, Asia (AAA) is a five year project that aims to develop and deliver improved maize cultivars that are affordable, assessable and drought tolerant. The five-year project is funded by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) and is implemented through a coordinated partnership between CIMMYT-India Team, Asian National Agricultural Research Systems (Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines) and Syngenta. As drought poses a huge threat to farming in Asia, this partnership aims to aid 80% of the farmers who grow crops under rainfed, and often, drought-affected conditions. This project has the potential to have a dramatic impact on addressing the hunger and poverty issues in the region.

Crosses using drought tolerant inbreds from CIMMYT as donors and elite lines from Asian NARS and Syngenta are the foundation for the project. Besides field-based breeding, the project also aims to undertake capacity building of the Asian partners in implementing novel strategies for deriving drought stress tolerant germplasm, including genome-wide association mapping, marker-assisted recurrent selection and genomic selection for trait improvement.


  • Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

    Switzerland | Staff size: 26-50

    The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on supporting the productivity of small-scale farmers in developing countries around the world....

  • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

    Advocacy NGO, Institute, Implementing NGO
    Mexico | Staff size: 1001-5000

    CIMMYT works throughout the developing world to improve livelihoods and foster more productive, sustainable maize and wheat farming. Their portfolio squarely targets critical challenges,...

  • Syngenta

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    Based in Basel, Switzerland, Syngenta was formed in 2000 by the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals. Its roots are considerably older.

    Syngenta AG is a large global...

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Philippines, Viet Nam, India, Indonesia, South Asia
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2017
  • Sectors