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Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa (TAMASA)

Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa (TAMASA) is a 4-year project seeking to improve productivity and profitability for small-scale maize farmers in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

The overall purpose of TAMASA is to use innovative approaches to transform agronomy that:

  • Use available geospatial and other data and analytics to map maize areas, soil constraints, and actual and yields at different scale.
  • Work with service providers (i.e. input suppliers, government and private research and extension services, agro-dealers, and others) to identify and co-develop systems and applications that transform this data and information to useable products that support their businesses or programs to reach clients more effectively
  • Build capacity in national programs to support and sustain these approaches.

The core products and services of this project include:

  • Annual assessments and digital maps of maize growing areas, actual and attainable yields in core research areas or focal areas.
  • Decision-support tools for ex-ante spatial analysis, nutrient management, fertilizer formulation and variety selection.
  • Open-access databases of agronomic data.
  • Increased capacity in national programs and partners through in-country data science and software application training and mentoring.