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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  • 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 ...

  • Seeds of prosperity: Equator Seeds, Northern Uganda

    Date: November 3, 2019

    “80 percent of farmers in northern Uganda still use the farm-saved or recycled seed, which we consider as our biggest competitor. ” Dorine Akoth, a demo-farmer in Gulu northern Uganda, admiring a maize plant on her demo plot. Photo: Joshua Masinde/CIMMYT. “ Through demonstrations and our local seed marketing network, ...

  • Latest STMA Bulletin is out

    Date: October 17, 2019

    Discover the latest from the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) initiative. This issue talks about product profiling, costing of maize breeding, highlights of CIMMYT's Kenya Annual Partner Days and portraits of Kenyan farmers who have adopted stress-tolerant maize varieties.  READ HERE

  • Farmers adopting drought tolerant Maize in Makueni county, Kenya

    Date: October 14, 2019

    Swedish journalists Eric Abel and Anna Liljemalm who are writing a book on climate change and seed visited the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa project in Kenya from Sept. 9-11, 2019. Journalists from Sweden in action to understand how maize breeding can help Kenyan farmers adapt to climate change. ...

  • 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 ...

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