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

  • Scoring new drought tolerant CIMMYT lines in Kiboko 5 Sept 2019

    Date: September 12, 2019

    CIMMYT breeders selecting new CIMMYT line candidates in stage 4, scoring hybrid entries according to their drought tolerance in Kiboko research station - 5 September 2019 CIMMYT breeders scoring DT maize in Kiboko 5 September 2019 CIMMYT breeder scoring DT maize in Kiboko Suresh and Aparna ranking DT maize entries in Kiboko 5 ...

  • STMA Bulletin April-June 2019

    Date: August 25, 2019

    Discover some of the recent maize breeding and seed systems work of the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa initiative, covering the period April to June 2019. STMA addresses multiple stresses affecting smallholder maize farmers in Africa. Read More

  • Ethiopian maize farmers fast adopting new drought-tolerant maize hybrid to boost their productivity and resilience.

    Date: July 11, 2019

    ‘’Getting a good maize harvest every year, even when it does not rain much, is important for my family’s welfare’’ says Sequare Regassa, a widow and mother of four, while feeding her granddaughter with white injera, a rollable flatbread, made of white grain maize. Sequare Regassa feeding her grand-daughter (credit: CIMMYT / Simret Yasabu) Since ...

  • Resilience and livelihoods improved for 3.5 million African farmers now planting stress tolerant maize varieties

    Date: May 24, 2019

    The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project held its annual meeting May 7-9, 2019 in Lusaka, Zambia to discuss the achievements of the past year and priorities going forward. Farmer participatory evaluation of STMA hybrids compared to popular varietis STMA Project Leader Cosmos Magoroksho recalled what STMA project launched in 2016 is aiming at ...

  • Meet Hajia, a Nigerian maize woman farmer enthusiast about her collaboration with STMA

    Date: May 5, 2019

    “I am Hajia Asibi, a community women leader, civil servant and a proud farmer. But my story and venture in agriculture is not a conventional one. I have not always been a farmer. In fact, I never dreamt of one day becoming a farmer. In my youthful years, I ...

  • Participatory varietal selection to decipher what maize smallholder farmers want

    Date: April 9, 2019

    Tabitha Kamau inspecting her drought-tolerant maize variety in Katheini location, Kenya - Photo credit:Joshua Masinde Tabitha Kamau, 29, is scrutinizing a maize demonstration plot on which 12 different varieties were planted in November 2018. “What I am looking for is a maize variety that produces a lot, even when there is scarce rainfall,” says ...

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