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 maize seed system through public-private partnerships. Kamano Seeds, established in 2004 in Lusaka, Zambia, is now producing more than 2000 tons of certified seeds of drought tolerant maize hybrids (KAM601 and KAM602) per year. This has been possible thanks to the technical support and provision of high-quality breeder seeds by CIMMYT.
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