Stress tolerant maize varieties among 10 best bet innovations for adaptation in agriculture

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

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  • Solving the ‘’last mile’’ challenge of maize seeds

    Date: March 15, 2019

    Agrodealers play a pivotal role in delivering the gains of the green revolution to millions of smallholders in Africa, providing access to key inputs like improved maize varieties. So far, seed systems research has mainly focused on the factors influencing farmers’ adoption of new varieties, and, to a lesser extent, why seed companies will invest ...

  • Digital imaging tools make maize breeding much more efficient

    Date: March 14, 2019

    Recent innovations in digital imagery and sensors, packaged in what plant scientists call high-throughput phenotyping platforms, save money and time by replacing lengthy paper-based visual observations of crop trials with real-time big data collection and management.

  • Drought-tolerant hybrid seed offers farmers reprieve from hunger

    Date: March 13, 2019

    MACHAKOS, Kenya (CIMMYT) – The scorching heat from the sun does not stop Mary Munini, a middle-aged smallholder farmer in Vyulya, Machakos County, from inspecting her distressed maize crop. Traces of worry cloud her face. “I will not harvest anything this season,” she says, visibly downcast. Like many other smallholder farmers spread across the water-stressed counties ...

  • Access to Stress Tolerant Maize enables Kamano Seeds in Zambia to provide varieties that buffer smallholder farmers in recurrent drought

    Date: November 22, 2018

    CIMMYT’s Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) and Drought Tolerant Maize Seed Scaling (DTMASS) projects have supported family owned seed companies to be part of sustainable long-term solutions to buffer African smallholder farmers against recurrent droughts via access to improved seeds. This is in line with CIMMYT mission strengthen local ...

  • NASECO’s steady success to deliver stress tolerant, high yielding maize seeds to Ugandan farmers

    Date: November 22, 2018

    The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has been supporting Uganda-based Nalweyo Seed Company (NASECO), in collaboration with Uganda’s National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO), to develop and produce high-yielding, stress tolerant maize seed varieties, which have increased farmers’ harvests and improved their livelihoods. Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) ...

  • 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.

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