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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).

An Innovation Learning Platform for Drought Tolerant Maize in Malawi: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward An Innovation Learning Platform for Drought Tolerant Maize in Malawi: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward

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Date added: 09/17/2012
Date modified: 10/25/2012
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This report focuses on presenting detailed account of the implementation of the approach, the lessons learned, analyzing whether there is enough experience to suggest (or not) extrapolation of the approach to other areas and communities, and the way forward. The report is based on data and information generated from participating farmers and key individuals from important institutional stakeholders.

Regional Trials Report 2009- Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Trials Report 2009- Eastern and Southern Africa

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Date added: 02/09/2012
Date modified: 02/10/2012
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This report gives results of the 2009 regional trials coordinated by CIMMYT in eastern and southern Africa. The trials evaluated elite pre-release and released maize germplasm supplied by CIMMYT, National Agricultural Research Programs, and private seed companies from the region. CIMMYT received the germplasm, grouped it according to vigor and maturity, and formed six replicated trials. These results are useful for National Agricultural Research Programs, private seed companies and seed distributing agencies.

For more information please contact Cosmos Magorokosho c.magorokosho@cgiar.org

Characterization of Maize Producing Households in the Dry Savanna of Mali Characterization of Maize Producing Households in the Dry Savanna of Mali

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Date added: 06/16/2011
Date modified: 06/16/2011
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The purpose of the study is to provide both quantitative and qualitative feedback from farmers to researchers and to the B&MGF on the impact that improved maize varieties developed in the past have had upon the livelihoods of households and to provide a detailed database for the projection of expected outcomes with the deployment of new drought tolerant maize varieties under the B&MGF drought tolerant maize project.

Characterization of Maize Producing Households in Drought Prone Regions of Eastern Africa Characterization of Maize Producing Households in Drought Prone Regions of Eastern Africa

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Date added: 03/06/2012
Date modified: 03/06/2012
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Socio-economics Working Paper 1.

Agriculture in eastern Africa is predominantly rainfed and maize is a major food crop, primarily produced for home consumption and the market by small-scale family farms. The study characterized farm households in the drought prone maize growing areas of eastern Africa synthesizing data from parallel household surveys in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The study provides a comparative analysis of the farm households’ assets, livelihood strategies and crop management practices, with an emphasis on maize and maize seed. This illustrates how farmers in a similar agro-ecological environment but with different socio-economic and institutional settings have variously adapted to living with drought and how the inherent weather risk co-determines the livelihood portfolio, agricultural intensification incentives and system development pathways. The study thereby illustrates the challenges for agricultural intensification in such drought prone environments and the scope for drought tolerant maize varieties and explores the research and development implications.

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