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Heterogeneous seed access and information exposure: implications for the adoption of drought-tolerant maize varieties in Uganda

Posted on , November 17, 2019

Frequent droughts in sub-Saharan Africa imply water stress for rainfed agriculture
and, ultimately, food insecurity, underlining the region’s vulnerability to climate
change. Yet, in the maize-growing areas, farmers have been given new droughtcoping
options following the release and availability of drought-tolerant maize
varieties (DTMVs).

These varieties are being disseminated through the National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems in collaboration with seed companies; however, their adoption still appears somewhat modest, and empirical studies on their adoption potential and associated drivers are scarce.

We use empirical data from Uganda to estimate the actual and potential adoption rates and the adoption determinants of DTMVs under information and seed access constraints.

Adoption rates for DTMVs could have been up to 22% in 2015 instead of the observed sample
adoption rate of 14% if the whole population had been exposed to them. The adoption rate could increase to 30% if seed were availed to the farming population and to 47% if seed were sold at a more affordable price to farmers.

The observed adoption rate of 14% implies gaps in the potential adoption rates of 8%, 16%, and 33% because of a lack of awareness, a lack of seed access, and high seed prices, respectively.

The findings underscore the role of both market and non-market-based
approaches and the potential to further scale the cultivation of DTMVs in Uganda.

Impacts of drought-tolerant maize varieties on productivity,risk,and resource use : EvidencefromUganda

Posted on , November 17, 2019

Weather variability is an important source of production risk for rainfed agriculture in developing countries.

This paper evaluates the impacts of the adoption of drought-tolerant maize varieties on average maize yield,yield stability, risk exposure and resource use in rainfed smallholder maize farming. The study uses cross-sectional farm household-level data,collected from a sample of 840 farm households in Uganda.

The adoption of drought tolerant maize varieties increased yield by 15% and reduced the probability of crop failure by 30%.

We further show that the adoption of these varieties increased investments in maize production at the extensive margin through maize area increase and to a more limited extent at the intensive margin through mechanization.

The findings show promise for further uptake and scaling of drought-tolerant maize varieties for increased productivity,reduced risk, and the transformation of the maize sector.

Seeds of prosperity: Equator Seeds, Northern Uganda

Posted on Eastern Africa News, Eastern Africa News, Media&Stories, News & Stories, News Articles, Publications, Seed System News, Seed Systems, 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, farmers can see how well the drought and disease tolerant hybrid UH5051 performs, even under erratic climate. This has helped them to gradually adopt our improved seed.” says Equator Seeds CEO, Tonny Okello.

A worker at the Equator Seeds processing plant in Gulu displaying 2-kg UH5051 maize seed packs. Photo: Joshua Masinde/CIMMYT

Discover this successful partnership between STMA and Equator Seeds to reach out maize smallholder farmers in Northern Uganda and South Sudan to improve their productivity and resilience here

Equator Seeds Case study

Posted on , 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.

Through demonstrations and our local seed marketing network, farmers can see how well the drought and disease tolerant hybrid UH5051 performs, even under erratic climate. This has helped them to gradually adopt our improved seed.” says Equator Seeds CEO, Tonny Okello.

Discover this successful partnership between STMA and Equator Seeds to reach out maize smallholder farmers in Northern Uganda and South Sudan to improve their productivity and resilience here

NASECO Uganda – STMA case study

Posted on , November 22, 2018

What was accomplished or how it works
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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