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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 Moves to the Next Level: Welcoming DTMASS

dtmaize volume 3- 4-2The 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.

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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, […]