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DT Maize Vol. 4 No. 2 June 2015

The second edition of DT Maize Bulletin for June 2015 features Zambia, which has the highest average maize yield, compared to other countries with high yields like Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola. Like many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, drought is the key constraint to Zambia’s maize production with 83 percent of smallholder households reporting to have encountered drought 1-3 years over the previous 10 years. 22 drought tolerant varieties have been released in Zambia between 2007 and 2014, to help smallholders mitigate the effects of drought through high yields and improved grains.

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DT Maize Bulletin – March 2015

Welcome to the first edition of DT Maize bulletin for 2015. This edition focuses on Mali, West Africa’s third largest producer of maize even though it stands fifth in the area harvested. The 2010–2013 FAO data show that the total area harvested is close to 0.7 million hectares, with annual production of nearly 1.5 million metric tons.

East Africa's Top Teams in Breeding and Technology Dissemination – 2014

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DTMA recognized top country teams for their efforts in breeding and disseminating improved drought-tolerant maize varieties to benefit farmers in East Africa. The Ugandan team bagged top awards for both the breeding and dissemination categories, setting an excellent example for other country teams on successful collaborative research work. The dissemination team comprised of breeders from Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), seed companies and one non-governmental organization. The Ugandan team was the winner of the breeding award for 2013 as well.

DTMA on the blog

  • Uganda Team Shines at DTMA Awards for Eastern Africa
    By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project recognized country teams that demonstrated excellence in breeding and disseminating droughttolerant maize varieties during the Regional Maize Working Group (MWG) meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 17 to 19 February. For the third time since 2011, Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) won […]
  • Seed Systems Team Strategizes and Plans for Africa
    By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT   The CIMMYT-Africa seed systems team met in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 February to take stock of progress in 2013, identify challenges and brainstorm on turning those challenges into opportunities. Global Maize Program (GMP) Director B.M. Prasanna and members of the breeding, communications and socioeconomics teams also attended.   The teams’ successes […]
  • Trained maize breeders can bring huge benefits to Africa
    By Cosmos Magorokosho/CIMMYT CIMMYT recently conducted an intensive, three-week course in Kenya for 37 young maize breeders – including 10 women – to provide them the knowledge and skills to use modern breeding methods efficiently in their maize programs. The course included participants from national programs and seed companies in 14 African countries. Dennis Kyetere, […]