• Stress tolerant maize yield between 30 to 40 percent under moderate drought conditions
  • New Publication: Characteristics of maize cultivars in Africa - How modern are they and how many do smallholder farmers grow?
  • Deployment of maize varieties tolerant to maize lethal necrosis disease will boost maize farming in eastern Africa
  • Private and public seed companies will drive the scaling out of the improved stress tolerant maize to farmers
  • Increasing use of stress tolerant maize among Africa smallholders
  • Pre-commercial hybrids available for eastern and southern Africa partners

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 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 fully structured questionnaire was developed and distributed to 95 seed companies known to market maize seed in 14 countries in eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda); southern ...

  • 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

  • Ugandan farmer boosts profits from improved maize

    Date: February 14, 2017

    An outgrower in Uganda makes good profit from drought tolerant maize that in turn boosts his mircofinance business, transforming him into a successful businessman. Read More

  • New high-yielding maize aids smallholder farmers, helps hungry in drought-hit Africa

    Date: January 30, 2017

    Bigger and healthier maize is helping to counter the effects of severe drought caused by the warming effects of an El Nino weather system that has swept across southern Africa making more than 30 million people in the region dependent on food aid. Read More

  • Scientists harness efforts to increase use of stress tolerant maize by smallholder farmers

    Date: January 28, 2017

    More than 100 research partners and funders will meet in Kampala, Uganda from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2017 to discuss ways to encourage Africa’s seed sector to replace old maize varieties with new, robust and more resilient varieties and help smallholders realize yield potential amid climate change challenges. Read ...

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