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.
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.
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.