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New varieties and methods boost maizeproduction in Tanzania. Validated RNRRS Output.

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: R8220: Improving farmers’ access to and management of disease resistant maize cultivars in the
Southern Highlands of Tanzania Phase 1
and R8406: Improving farmers access to and management of maize seed in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania – Phase 2.

New strategies are improving the quality and yield of maize to benefit poor people in the southern highlands of Tanzania. Two new varieties—which are highly resistant to important maize diseases, among other attractive attributes—were tested and validated by farmers and other stakeholders. Improved management approaches were developed and promoted through leaflets in English and in Kiswahili. To ensure regular supply of quality seed, a public–private partnership for certified seed production and distribution was put in place. Farmers, scientists, extension services, seed companies, NGOs and stockists in at least 60 villages in Tanzania’s southern highlands are using the new strategies and materials.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF (16 pp.) taken from the CD.