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

News & Stories

  • Seeing is believing: demo farms accelerate adoption of stress tolerant maize

    Date: February 19, 2020

    Joshua Masinde Over 400 farmers from Manyatta in Embu County were on February 7, 2020, invited to a demonstration farm to witness the performance of various high yielding, early to medium maturing, drought tolerant maize varieties. Such occasions aim to encourage them to adopt varieties whose traits they preferred the most. Some ...

  • Latest STMA Bulletin is out

    Date: January 16, 2020

    Read the latest news from the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) initiative. This issue highlights stories on how stress tolerant maize is improving the lives of smallholder farmers in northern Uganda, after a two-decade civil war; why stress tolerant maize varieties are good for Africa and how CIMMYT and ...

  • Street theater amplifies need for stress tolerant maize varieties

    Date: January 7, 2020

    The Stress Tolerant Maize in Africa (STMA) project team in Nigeria used street theater to drum up messages on how to mitigate stresses affecting maize production in the country. The messages targeted mainly the youth, informing them that with the right stress-resilient seed varieties and the application of recommended agronomic ...

  • The list of STMA-supported research publications from West Africa for the year 2019 is out

    Date: November 30, 2019

    Melaku Gedil and Abebe Menkir. 2019. An Integrated Molecular and Conventional Breeding Scheme for Enhancing Genetic Gain in Maize in Africa. Published in Frontiers. Plant Sciences and accessible here Adu, G. B., Badu-Apraku, B., Akromah, R., Garcia-Oliveira, A. L., Gedil, M., Awuku, F. J. 2019. Genetic diversity and population structure of early-maturing tropical maize inbred ...

  • How to build gender-sensitive seed systems, share your experience on Nov. 21

    Date: November 14, 2019

    Young woman displaying freshly harvested high-yielding maize in Western Kenya-credit CIMMYT-Joshua Masinde ''Improved maize seed is essential for African farming systems because of its relatively higher yield potential, better adaptation to common biotic and abiotic stresses such as diseases, pests, drought and low nutrients, and more efficient use of water. However, ...

  • Delivering good and stable yields for small scale farmers: Western Seed’s growing success in Eastern and Southern Africa

    Date: November 3, 2019

    “Introducing a new maize variety needs a great deal of investment. You need to build a convincing business case for varietal turnover. Some new varieties may do well for certain traits, but there are other factors other than yield to consider, for instance, producibility, cost of seed production and farmers preferences.” says Saleem Esmail, CEO ...

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