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Picture of Tahirou Abdoulaye giving a presentation at the STMA training.

STMA trains Francophone stakeholders on proficiency upgrade

A 5-day training course on variety testing and seed production of open-pollinated and hybrid seed was held 21–25 August at IITA..

Picture of IITA Maize Breeder Abebe Menkir with other members of the high table.

SARD-SC maize conference leverages on private sector partnership

The SARD-SC maize conference, held in Livingstone, Zambia, 14—20 May, was a valuable opportunity for the maize project and its partners to interact with other stakeholders from Zambia, Nigeria, and Africa in general.

Picture of STMA holds annual planning meeting in IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria.

STMA empowers seed companies to produce

The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project has identified seed companies in its target countries, (Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, and the Republic of Bénin) in 2016 and empowered them with the necessary funding support and technical capacity and capability to produce breeder and foundation seeds at scale.

Picture of researchers discussing in the field during the M&E exercise.

SARD-SC Maize conducts monitoring and evaluation in Zambia

The SARD-SC Maize component carried out its annual monitoring and evaluation exercise for the year in Zambia from 4 to 11 April.

Picture of Tanzanian farmer holds drought tolerant maize cobs. Photo credit: F. Sipalla/CIMMYT.

Exploring farmers’ willingness to pay for drought tolerance in maize in Zimbabwe

Adoption of new technologies depends significantly on whether potential users are willing to pay a premium for the associated benefits. A new study explores farmers’ willingness to pay for drought tolerance (DT) in maize, a crop playing a leading role in the food security in southern Africa.

Picture of Chikoye breaking ground at the future site of the maize seed storage and warehouse facility at SARAH campus as IITA staff and construction representatives look on.

IITA-Zambia to get new modern maize seed storage facility

On 6 February, IITA-Zambia formally signed a contract with a local construction firm for the establishment of a modern maize seed storage and warehouse facility within the IITA Southern Africa Research and Administration (SARAH) campus in Kabangwe, Zambia, in the next 3 months. The construction of the facility is being funded by the African Development…

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Maize value chain holds gender mainstreaming workshop for partners in Nigeria

A three-day workshop on gender mainstreaming in the SARD-SC maize value chain was conducted at the Kaduna State Agricultural Development Project (KADP) Headquarters, Kaduna, Nigeria, during the last quarter of 2016 with key stakeholders in attendance. The workshop aimed to enhance gender-sensitive technology development and dissemination to boost productivity and income of a broad segment of targeted…

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Picture of happy farmers at the field day in Mokwa, Niger State.

Farmers’ field day and donation of 200 hectares of land at Mokwa

IITA’s Maize Improvement Program (MIP) with support from Robert Asiedu, the IITA West Africa Regional Hub Director, organized a farmers’ field day on 29 October to demonstrate maize technologies for combating Striga hermonthica prevalent on the fields of smallholder maize farmers in Mokwa, Niger State and its environs. The day also marked the official inauguration and…

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Picture of IITA staff demonstrate to the visiting team the production of AflasafeTZ at IITA-EA hub in Tanzania.

IITA efforts to control Aflatoxin in Tanzania impress US Senate staff

Visiting staff from the United States Senate, Washington, D.C., have applauded efforts by IITA to tackle aflatoxin contamination in key staple crops in Tanzania. Aflatoxin is a poison produced by some naturally occurring species of the fungus, Aspergillus that renders crops unfit for human and livestock consumption and reduces their sale value. When consumed, aflatoxins…

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STMA trains partners in Ibadan

A 4-day training on Conduct and Management of Field Trials and Seed Production of Open-pollinated and Hybrid Varieties was held 15-19 August, at IITA, Ibadan for representatives from the Anglophone partner countries of the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) Project. The training aimed at upgrading the technical capabilities and skills of field technicians, seed…

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