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.
The December issue of the DT Maize Bulletin celebrates the launch of a new project, Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling (DTMASS), was born out of the progress made by DTMA and other CIMMYT-Africa maize projects between 2007 and 2014. Over 80 stakeholder representatives gathered for the official project launch on 17-18 November 2014 in Addis Ababa. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project is implemented in seven countries in eastern (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) and southern (Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia) Africa.
- Addressing Challenges in Maize Breeding to Deliver Improved Maize Seed to African Smallholder Farmers
- Maize in Tanzania, Breakthroughs Yet to Come
- Angola Fast-Tracks New Drought-Tolerant Maize Varieties
- CIMMYT-CCAFS Scientists Identify Maize Varieties That Can Withstand Drought and High Temperatures in Zimbabwe