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Improving maize seed marketing in eastern and southern Africa Improving maize seed marketing in eastern and southern Africa

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Date added: 11/06/2009
Date modified: 01/22/2010
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Improved seed varieties can drastically help improve the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farm families. However, an unreliable seed deployment system in eastern and southern Africa (ESA) prevents many farmers from accessing these benefits. According to a 2007 study conducted among 117 seed providers in 10 African countries in eastern and southern Africa (ESA), low seed sales stem from a faulty extension system, poor infrastructure, and a lack of farmers’ adoption of new seed varieties. This policy brief outlines the obstacles to effective seed marketing and provides a way forward. For further information, contact Augustine Langyintuo at alangyintuo@agra-alliance.org.

Reforming seed sector policies for livelihood improvement in eastern and southern Africa Reforming seed sector policies for livelihood improvement in eastern and southern Africa

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Date added: 11/09/2009
Date modified: 01/22/2010
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Many poor and marginalized farmers in eastern and southern Africa depend on maize for their livelihoods. Isolated from main market centers, these smallholder farmers recycle their seed, growing the same low-yielding varieties they have grown for years–varieties that barely yield enough for the farming family to survive. Nevertheless, there is hope for improvement: newer and better seed varieties can increase maize yields and withstand harsh conditions, such as drought. This brief covers the constraints in release of varieties, trade-related challenges, and offers suggestions for solutions. For further information, contact Augustine Langyintuo (alangyintuo@agra-alliance.org).

Results of the 2008 Regional Maize Trials Coordinated by CIMMYT-Kenya Results of the 2008 Regional Maize Trials Coordinated by CIMMYT-Kenya

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Date added: 11/10/2009
Date modified: 01/19/2010
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This report records the trials that evaluated elite pre-release and released maize germplasm supplied by CIMMYT and private seed companies from eastern Africa.


DTMA Seed Sector Analysis in West Africa DTMA Seed Sector Analysis in West Africa

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Date added: 12/08/2009
Date modified: 01/19/2010
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Titled 'Assessing the constraints affecting production and deployment of maize seed in DTMA countries of West Africa, this report is an analysis of the seed sector in West Africa, carried out by the DTMA project and compiled in October 2009.

Regional Maize Trials in West Africa Regional Maize Trials in West Africa

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Date added: 12/08/2009
Date modified: 01/27/2010
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The DTMA project uses multi-location trials for identification of drought tolerant varieties and hybrids adaptated to a particular agro-ecological zone. This report provides information on trial results included in farmer on-farm trials and demonstrations.
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