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Drought tolerant maize for Africa initiative

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Drought tolerant maize for Africa initiative

Launched in 2006, the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project aims to mitigate drought and other constraints to maize production in sub-Saharan Africa, increasing maize yields by at least one ton per hectare under moderate drought and with a 20 to 30 percent increase over farmers’ current yields, benefiting 30 to 40 million people in 13 African countries. The project brings together men and women farmers, research institutions, extension specialists, seed producers, farmer community organizations, and non-government organizations. It is jointly implemented by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in close collaboration with national agricultural research systems in participating nations. Millions of farmers in the region are already benefiting from the outputs of this partnership, which includes support and training for African seed producers and promoting vibrant, competitive seed markets.

Initial funding for DTMA has come from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the UK Department for International Development. The 2012-16 phase is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and aims to expand smallholder farmers’ use of drought and other stress tolerant maize seed to benefit 30-40 million people and provide added grain worth US$ 160-200 million each year in drought-affected areas of sub-Saharan Africa.