CRP evaluation of Maize

The CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE (MAIZE) is led by CIMMYT and implemented in partnership with IITA and more than 300 other partners. It aims to double the productivity of maize-based farming systems, making them more resilient and sustainable and ultimately increasing farmers’ incomes and livelihoods. MAIZE’s main target group is smallholders who live in stress-prone environments and who have poor market access, which includes around 640 million people of which 72 million are maize dependent.

The primary purpose of this evaluation is to enhance the contribution that MAIZE is likely towards reaching the CGIAR goals and enhancing the productivity and sustainability of maize-based farming systems and the livelihoods of poor producers and consumers of maize in developing countries.

As with all CRP evaluations, the purpose of the evaluation of MAIZE is to provide essential evaluative information for decision-making by Program management and its funders on issues such as extension, expansion and structuring of the program and adjustments in some aspects of the program.

IEA Evaluation Manager is Sirkka Immonen supported by Sophie Zimm.

The Team

Guido Gryseels

Evaluation Team Leader

Guido is an economist and doctor of agricultural sciences who is currently Director General of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium, which is a major research institute on Africa in both the human and natural sciences. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Federal Science Policy and of the Fund for Scientific Research in Belgium, and Chair of the Programme Committee on Food and Business Research at the Netherlands NWO/WOTRO. Earlier, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Technical Advisory Committee of the CGIAR (currently known as ISPC), and Executive Secretary of the CGIAR’s Impact Assessment and Evaluation Group as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ICARDA based in Syria.

Javier Betrán

Evaluation Team Member

Javier has a PhD in plant breeding. Javier is currently the Head of the Maize Breeding Europe, Africa and Middle East for Syngenta. He is an expert in Plant breeding, quantitative genetics, agronomy, statistics, biotechnology, environment, abiotic and biotic stresses, and people development. Javier has extensive international experience in maize breeding. He has a large publication record on maize breeding, and was a postdoctoral research and breeder at CIMMYT in 1990s. He has collaborated with international organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation as well as CGIAR centers.

Scott Chapman

Evaluation Team Member

Scott has a PhD in agricultural science and currently does research on genetic and environment effects on growth of field crops, particularly in drought dominated regions, applying quantitative approaches (crop simulation and statistical methods) and phenotyping (aerial imaging, canopy monitoring). He was an Associate Scientist at CIMMYT’s Maize Program in the early nineties. Over the last 20 years Scott conducted research at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and is currently an adjunct professor at The University of Queensland in Australia.

Seyfu Ketema

Evaluation Team Member

Before becoming executive secretary of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa in 2002, Seyfu Ketema served as director general of the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization, Ethiopia’s minister of agriculture, general manager of the Institute for Biodiversity Conservation and Research and worked for the Institute of Agricultural Research. He was the Regional Representative for Eastern Africa on the CGIAR and served as Board Member for ICARDA and ICRAF. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in plant breeding from the University of London.

Paramjit (Pammi) Sachdeva

Evaluation Team Member

Pammi is specialized in program and institutional assessment and HR management with expertise also in capacity development, systems analysis and organizational design. Since 2001 he has worked as an independent consultant and been involved in a number of external reviews of CGIAR Centers and programs, and in international development project and human resource management consultancies. Previously he worked at the World Bank as senior management specialist and advisor and earlier in his career at ISNAR as senior research officer. He has a PhD in social systems sciences.

Sieglinde (Sieg) Snapp

Evaluation Team Member

Sieg is an agronomist and plant physiologist who is currently Professor of Soils and Cropping Systems Ecology at Kellogg Biological Station and Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University. She is interested in participatory systems research and extension approaches to natural resource management and sustainable intensification. She has extensive experience with multidisciplinary teams including scientists, farmers, students, advisors and extension to support research for development. Current research projects include the Long term Ecological Research in Row Crops at MSU, sustainable intensification research through on-farm experimentation and modeling supported by IITA/USAID in Malawi, and systems analysis for perennial grains on smallholder farms in Africa, supported by BMGF.