Quality Protein Maize

In the late 1990s, quality protein maize (QPM) was developed at CIMMYT by Surinder Vasal and Evangelina Villegas, who received the World Food Prize in 2000 for this achievement. QPM maize has a positive impact on both humans and animals. Children consuming this maize showed a 9% and 12% increase in growth rate and weight, respectively, while animals grew faster, gained more weight and showed improved feed efficiency. The first QPM variety was released in Ghana in 1992, and later in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda via “the QPM Development and Dissemination Project for The Horn and Eastern Africa”.  The benefits of Quality Protein Maize are to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. The truth is, we need less total protein that you might think. But we could all benefit from getting more protein from better food sources.