Maize and Legume Seed Systems Development

The third was to contribute to the development of functional seed systems for sustainable delivery of high-yielding, drought tolerant legume and maize varieties compatible with CA based farming

To increase the range of maize, legume and fodder/forage varieties available to smallholder farmers

  • Stress tolerant maize varieties, higher yielding legume varieties and fodder/forage species/varieties available to farmers in the selected farming systems. Newly released maize hybrids and OPVs and legume species/varieties with potential suitability for the targeted farming system will be selected based on past regional and national trial data.
    Best-bet varieties with adequate amounts of seed will be utilized for experimentation in Objective 2 whereas a wider range of varieties will be assessed for performance under CA, farmer preference and marketability in collaboration with farmers in the selected communities. Farmer access to promising but underinvested material (maize hybrids and OPVs, grain legume and forage/fodder species and varieties) will be enhanced through seed increase at relevant stage of seed production pipeline.
    Seed availability bottlenecks of improved maize, legume forage/fodder varieties (from sister projects such as DTMA and TL-II) will be identified and tackled, including seed systems support. Based on GxE analyses and socio-economic characterizations, recommendation domains for varieties and hybrids will be developed both within each country and across the region to support rapid scale-out. Associated training to be executed in Objective 5.
  • Regional nursery for further improved (2nd generation) maize and legume varieties and hybrids (discontinued here, continued in sister projects).

Funded by:

Implemented By:

Ethiopia
Kenya
Malawi
Mozambique
Tanzania
Rwanda
Uganda
ARC LNR
ASARECA
CIAT
ILRI
University of Queensland
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