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Launched in 2016, the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project aims to help farmers mitigate the combined effects of multiple stresses such as drought, heat, poor soil fertility and diseases that affect maize production and farming, to improve food security and smallholders’ livelihoods across sub-Saharan Africa. STMA builds on strong partnerships formed in the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa and Improved Maize for African Soils projects that achieved major successes in African maize seed systems. Read More

News & Stories

  • New crop varieties that counter climate change: a best bet for farmers

    Date: November 9, 2017

    Stress tolerant maize varieties have been named as one of the 10 best innovations for adaptation in agriculture to help smallholders improve food security and livelihoods while adapting to the impacts of climate change. Read More.

  • Drought tolerant maize provides extra 9 months of food for farming families

    Date: October 27, 2017

    A new study from scientists with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) shows that drought tolerant (DT) maize varieties can provide farming families in Zimbabwe an extra 9 months of food at no additional cost. Read More.

  • Maize in the eyes of farmers - Photostory

    Date: May 24, 2017

    2016/2017 was a year full of exciting moments albeit pressing challenges farmers faced across sub-Saharan Africa. Through concerted and collaborative work,  CIMMYT and its partners developed and disseminated improved maize varieties that have helped make a difference in the lives of smallholder farmers. Read More

  • New Publications: Maize variety replacement lags in sub-Saharan Africa

    Date: May 24, 2017

    A new study has revealed that sub-Saharan Africa’s maize variety turnover continues to fall behind the rest of the world, with the average age of maize seed being planted in the region being 15 years, compared to 3 to 5 years in the U.S. and other world regions. Read More

  • New study on maize seed systems in sub-Saharan Africa

    Date: May 23, 2017

    The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) team initiated a study on maize seed systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in March 2016. A 91 out of 95 seed companies known to market maize seed in 14 countries in eastern Africa, southern Africa and West Africa took part in the survey. Read ...

  • STMA Bulletin Issue 1

    Date: March 22, 2017

    Read the first edition of STMA Bulletin that highlights milestones in research and seed systems work to address multiple stresses affecting smallholders in Africa. Read More

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