Water Efficient Maize for Africa: A Public-Private Partnership in Technology Transfer to Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa
Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) is a public-private partnership working to improve food security and rural livelihoods among smallholder farmers and their families in sub-Saharan Africa by developing and deploying new drought-tolerant and insect-pest-protected hybrid maize (corn) varieties. Maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa, where more than 300 million people depend on it as their main food source. Droughts, foliar diseases, and insect pests are intensifying food production problems in Africa, which makes for a vulnerable food security situation. Smallholder farmers in Africa, like farmers everywhere, want the choice to use the best tools and technologies available to minimize their risks and improve their lives.
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