WEMA partnership celebrates 5th anniversary

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Maize continues to be the most widely grown staple crop in Africa, with more than 300 million people depending on it as their main food source.

Maize farming in Africa, however, is not without its risks – especially for millions of smallholder farmers who have limited resources and technologies to take on agricultural challenges presented by droughts and insect pests. Food security is constantly at risk with the potential of maize production ending with low yields or even crop failures, which contribute to hunger and poverty. Fortunately, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) was formed five years ago to help improve lives through the development of products that help smallholder farmers mitigate drought risk and manage insect pressure.

Initiated in 2008 and led by African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), WEMA is a public/private partnership funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and USAID. WEMA key partners include the National Agricultural Research Institutes in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and Monsanto.

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