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Producing foundation seed of drought tolerant maize

Irrigation at Ukulima Farm in South Africa. The farm produces foundation seed of improved, drought tolerant (DT) maize varieties on a large scale and at high precision, as part of CIMMYT's Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project, funded by the Howard G Buffett Foundation. The seed is for further multiplication by small seed companies and community-based seed production groups in sub-Saharan African countries, with the aim of increasing the availability of improved DT varieties to farmers. Foundation seed can otherwise be a key constraint for seed producers.


Photo credit: John MacRobert/CIMMYT.

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Taken on October 30, 2008