Agricultural researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders in West Africa have gathered at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan to develop work plans towards rapid dissemination and adoption of drought tolerant maize.
The project which is called Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) has its scope within four African countries, Mali, Benin, Ghana, and Nigeria, and will provide participants, the opportunity to take a retrospect of the past and chart a way forward.
The Cordinator of the DTMA Project, Dr. Tsedeke Abate, who addresed participants in the Oyo State capital, reminded stakeholders that the project provided a platform for researchers to demonstrate to donors and policy makers in Africa the benefits of research.
According to him, increasing the cultivation of drought-tolerant maize varieties in Africa will bring the necessary transformation and the needed boost for maize production in the continent.
Other drivers of adoption of drought tolerant varieties, he noted, include increasing the participation of women in maize projects and also the creation of new/strong partnerships.