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

Posted on Media&Stories, News, Southern Africa News, 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 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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NASECO’s steady success to deliver stress tolerant, high yielding maize seeds to Ugandan farmers

Posted on Eastern Africa News, Eastern Africa News, Media&Stories, News, 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) and other CIMMYT projects have supported NASECO to gain germplasm access, promote and market better maize hybrids in Uganda and neighboring countries. NASECO is now producing two of Uganda’s top-selling, drought tolerant maize hybrids: Longe 10H, a high yielding hybrid; and Bazooka, tolerant to drought and major diseases.

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