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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... more
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... more
On January 10 this year, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project in Tanzania, in collaboration with the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and the Ministry for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperative through its department of Research Development (DRD) demonstrated new three... more
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
These products are... more
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.
Speaking during the harvest, Dr Stephen Mugo... more
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. The meeting that brought together representatives from... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
Just as there have been calls for adoption of genetically modified crops in Africa as a means of providing food for the teeming population, so also there have been objections to its introduction based on ethical and moral issues. Our Correspondent, JIMOH BABATUNDE presents the views of Prof.... more


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