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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
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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.

Characterization of Maize Producing Households in Cacuaco and Lobito Municipalities of Angola Characterization of Maize Producing Households in Cacuaco and Lobito Municipalities of Angola

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Date added: 02/20/2012
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The main objective of the household survey was to collect baseline data on farm households to
construct indicators to be used to measure the changes in the adoption of improved maize varieties
and its impact on adopting households. The specific objectives were to:

  • Identify farmer perceptions of and preferences for maize variety attributes;
  • Identify factors that influence the adoption of improved maize varieties;
  • Characterize maize production systems and gender mainstreaming; and
  • Assess farmer’s perceptions of risks and shocks and their coping strategies.

Characterization of Maize Producing Households in Bakala and Mangochi Districts in Malawi Characterization of Maize Producing Households in Bakala and Mangochi Districts in Malawi

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Date added: 10/18/2011
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Country Report — Malawi. Nairobi: CIMMYT.

This report is presented without a thorough peer review with the main purpose of making data and information rapidly available to research teams and partners in the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project and for use in developing future, peer-reviewed publications. Readers are invited to send comments directly to the corresponding author(s). The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect opinions of CSIR/SARI, IITA, other partners, and/or donors.

Characterization of Maize Producing Communities in Bénin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. West Africa Regional Synthesis Report Characterization of Maize Producing Communities in Bénin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. West Africa Regional Synthesis Report

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Date added: 10/01/2012
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Maize is becoming increasingly important as a food security crop in West Africa. However, recurring droughts constitute a continuous challenge to its production. Attempts at addressing the drought problem resulted in the conduct of a participatory community survey of maize production systems with about 20–40% probability of drought risk in four DTMA countries (Bénin Republic, Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria). The project is part of an initiative to develop and disseminate appropriate drought tolerant maize varieties in sub-Saharan Africa. The main objectives of the community survey were to complement household survey data, capture essential qualitative information and data that are difficult to obtain through formal household surveys, and serve as a pilot application for potential expansion through the African region. The survey was conducted in selected communities in two districts with high levels of maize production in each of the DTMA countries.

Characterization of maize germplasm grown in eastern and southern Africa: Results of the 2006 region Characterization of maize germplasm grown in eastern and southern Africa: Results of the 2006 region

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Date added: 05/20/2008
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A report of the regional trials carried out in 2006, in eastern and southern Africa.
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