Benefits and impact of drought-tolerant maize varieties in Nigeria

30 July 2016

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project was initiated with the aim of developing drought-tolerant maize varieties (DTMVs) with a potential yield of 1 t/ha under moderate drought conditions, increasing productivity under farmers’ conditions by 20-30%, and producing grain with an annual average value of US$160-200 million in drought-affected areas. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and jointly implemented by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and IITA in partnership with the national research and extension systems of 13 African countries.

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