Improved Maize for African soils

Published on 19 April 2010

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Start Date: 28 September 2009 | End Date: 31 December 2014


The project is an alliance to improve food security and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa by creating and sharing new maize varieties that use fertilizer more efficiently and help smallholder farmers get higher yields, even where soils are poor and little commercial fertilizer is used.

The project charitable purpose is to improve the lives of subsistence and smallholder farmers on nutritionally deprived soils in Sub-Saharan Africa by developing and deploying improved maize varieties with enhanced nitrogen use efficiency.

The Project has five Objectives:

Objective 1: Improving the efficiency of direct selection for yield in severely N-deficient soils

Objective 2:Identification and deployment of native trait alleles to enhance yield under severe N-depletion in elite varieties adapted to Sub-Saharan Africa

Objective 3:Delivery of transgenic varieties with increased yield under severe N-limitation:  a potential step-change in plant productivity for SSA.

Objective 4:Managing N-efficient varieties for sustainability in African maize cropping systems

Objective 5:Communications and capacity building

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One Response to “Improved Maize for African soils”

  1. Onyinge Justine says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Kindly I am writing to request for any latest publication on maize research, soil fertility and striga hermonthica infestation in Uganda.

    I am interested in fertilizers use as a control maeasure to help improve maize productivity in Striga infested cropping systems of Eastern Uganda.

    Your assistance is highly appreciated in advance.

    Kind regards,


    Justine Onyinge
    MSc Soil Science student
    Makerere University
    P.O Box 7062, Kampala-Uganda

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