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.
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.
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Characterization of Maize Production Sub-Systems in Mossourize and Sussungenga Districts, Mozambique
This report presents the findings of a household survey conducted in two districts (Sussundenga and Mossurize) in Mozambique to determine the local reality with regard to baseline indicators that could be used to measure the impact of the adoption of improved maize varieties in the country. Data was collected on household characteristics, livelihood strategies as well as income and expenditure, including strategies for coping with food shortages; livelihood shocks and adoption of improved maize varieties.
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