Seed Systems

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  • Production field of 'Lubango' a drought tolerant maize variety in Tanzania produced by IFFA Seed Company Limited
  • A 'sea of maize' filled with HB513 a drought tolerant and nitrogen-use efficient maize variety produced by Meru Agro Consultant Company in Tanzania

One of the key outcomes of STMA is to increase seed availability and farmer uptake of stress tolerant maize varieties in the target countries. At the end of 2020, the project estimates a production and distribution of more than 54 metric tons of certified seed with support of 60 national seed companies in the 12 countries. An estimated US $100 million of additional funding is required in the next 10 years to scale up multiple stress-tolerant maize and continue developing new varieties that incorporate tolerance to multiple stress factors. Increased investment in research by the national governments is key for sustainable productivity growth in the long run.

The project will work to develop and release varieties with reduced costs as an additional driver for seed companies to increase uptake of STM as an incentive to replace older products with the newer varieties that have a significant performance advantage. The project will at the same time support seed companies establish a sustainable foundation seed supply system.

Even though some countries in SSA region are showing significant signs of productivity gains, slow varietal turnover and low use of modern varieties contribute to the current low adoption of improved maize varieties – only 57 percent of all maize area in sub-Saharan Africa is planted to modern varieties.

STMA will prioritize facilitation of varietal replacement of the obsolete varieties with the new improved stress tolerant varieties to change the current low use of modern varieties and other inputs by smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently nearly half of total maize area in sub-Saharan Africa is covered by varieties that are 15 years or older. The project is specifically targeting replacing obsolete varieties in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

 

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

    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 ...

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

    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

  • Partners invited to apply for allocation of second set of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids

    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. View the full announcement here

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    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 ...

  • Partners invited to apply for allocation of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids

    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

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