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 Africa (Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe); and West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria). The study explored three broad areas – namely: a) current status of the maize seed industry; b) sources of maize varieties and early generation seed (breeder seed and foundation seed) for seed companies; and c) policy environment and capital investment. A total of 91 seed companies responded to the questionnaire. Here is a detailed listing of those companies.
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 More
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a second set of new improved maize hybrids to partners in eastern Africa and similar agroecological zones, to scale up production for farmers in these areas.
The data was derived from adoption monitoring household surveys carried out in 13 countries across SSA under the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project conducted in the main crop season of 2013 (except Mozambique, which was done in 2014). The survey involved between 400 to 900 farm households, representing 130 districts, 740 villages and 7,670 households depending on the area of maize cultivation in the country.
Names of cultivars and the proportions of plots of each variety mentioned by each household were taken in each country. To determine the age of each variety, reference was made to national and regional catalogues as well as personal contacts with relevant scientists and compiled the release year. The cultivars were then divided into their respective classes of hybrids, improved open pollinated varieties (OPVs), and local cultivars.
Findings of this study have three main implications: a) it contributes to the variety replacement efforts of the national programs and CIMMYT; b) it gives an indication of adoption rates of modern maize cultivars in the surveyed areas across the 13 countries; and c) it enriches the maize catalogues in the eastern Africa, southern Africa, and West Africa regions.
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners in southern Africa and similar agroecological zones, to scale up production for farmers in these areas. Read More