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Improving efficiency of maize seed production in eastern and southern Africa Improving efficiency of maize seed production in eastern and southern Africa

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Date added: 11/05/2009
Date modified: 01/22/2010
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There is simply not enough seed in eastern and southern Africa. In this brief, a seed sector survey carried out in 2007 in sub-Saharan Africa explores the barriers to seed production as well as possible strategies in overcoming them and increasing regional seed company productivity. A concise view of the current seed production constraints is given, along with the envisaged solutions to productivity constraints. For further information, contact Augustine Langyintuo at alangyintuo@agra-alliance.org.

DTMA Annual Highlights 2009 DTMA Annual Highlights 2009

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Date added: 01/15/2010
Date modified: 02/04/2010
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The DTMA Highlights provide an overview of the key project events over the past year.

DTMA Annual Highlights 2008 DTMA Annual Highlights 2008

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Date added: 02/13/2009
Date modified: 01/27/2010
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A report of the highlights and key events of 2008.

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.

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.


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