Developing and disseminating stress tolerant maize for sustainable food security in eastern and central Africa

Published on 9 April 2010

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Start Date: 1 May 2007 | End Date: 28 February 2011


The goal of this project is to enhance food and income security and improve human nutrition of resource-poor farming families and consumers in East and Central Africa (ECA). The purpose is to provide a larger number of small-holder farmers in the ECA region with sustainable access to seed of improved stress tolerant and nutritionally enhanced maize varieties that offer significantly greater yields and yield stability under conditions of drought and low soil fertility. The project will generate the following outputs:

Output 1: Greater number of cultivar releases of abiotic stress tolerant, nutritionally enhanced maize varieties and hybrids adapted to the most important agro-ecologies of ECA.

Output 2: Accelerated development of new stress tolerant maize cultivars.

Output 3: Increased availability of breeder and foundation seed of stress tolerant, nutritionally enhanced maize varieties and mechanisms for scaling up certified seed production, especially in stress prone-environments.

Output 4: Policy recommendations which increase maize seed availability in stress-prone environments.


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