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Kenyan researchers step up trials for genetically altered crops in bid to fight hunger

Left: A man holds a harvest of a GM maize variety at the Kari research station in Kiboko, Makueni County. National field trials for genetically modified maize (BT maize) have reignited interest in the bid by government and private companies to use science to produce more food. NATION MEDIA GROUP PHOTO

National field trials for genetically modified maize (BT maize) have reignited interest in the bid by government and private companies to use science to produce more food cheaply.

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WEMA releases new drought-tolerant maize varieties in South Africa

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project marked another milestone this year with the release of two conventional drought-tolerant maize hybrids in South Africa in September 2014. The approval for commercialisation was granted to the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa following their application for Variety Listing submitted in late 2013. Farmers began testing the two hybrids in demonstration plots during 2013/2014 season with positive results and feedback.

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WEMA celebrates successes at annual meeting

The receipt of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) Corporate Award in December 2013, a record number of released maize varieties in Africa, commercialisation and harvesting of the first drought-tolerant conventional maize hybrid by smallholder farmers in Kenya were some of key achievements that were highlighted and celebrated at the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project’s 6th annual review and planning meeting that was held in Entebbe, Uganda in February 2014.

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New WEMA products available for licencing

The WEMA partnership has released nine new maize inbred lines for licensing. These are WMA1202, WMA2001, WMA2002, WMA4413, WMB4002, WMB8804, WMA8827, WMA8828, and WMA9902 (see details at http://wema.aatf-africa.org/stewardship/products-commercialisation-and-licensing-program)

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First WEMA Project Bt maize trials harvested in Kenya

Following the decision in 2011 to include insect-pest resistance in the drought-tolerant maize varieties being developed by the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project, the first maize trials with the Bt trait were harvested in Kenya in May 2013.

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WEMA wraps up phase 1 and ushers in phase II

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project marked the end of the first phase of the Project (2008-2013) and ushered in the second phase (2013-2017) during its fifth annual review and planning meeting in February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Drought tolerant maize hybrid to be ready end of the year

In normal circumstances, only the most drought resistant of crops have a chance of flourishing in the blisteringly hot fields of Kiboko in Makindu District, where rain is more precious than diamond.

It is from this forsaken land that scientists have been experimenting with a new maize hybrid that requires less water and which they say may give Kenya an 18 per cent increase in annual yield.

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High expectations among stakeholders asPhase II of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project kicks off

During 4-8 February 2013, stakeholders of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Fifth Review and Planning Meeting to discuss achievements and challenges of the recently concluded WEMA Phase I (2008-2013) and to plan for the second phase of the project (2013-2017) which begins in March this year.

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WEMA products now available for licensing

The next product offer from WEMA will be posted by mid-March 2013


Please follow this link (http://wema.aatf-africa.org/stewardship/products-commercialisation-and-licensing-program) for details and application.

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