Kenya: US $4 Million Project Underway to Control Lethal Maize Disease

A new project has been launched to control the spread of a lethal viral disease which affects maize yields and threatens food security in many Sub-Saharan Africa countries.

The project for tackling maize lethal necrosis (MLN), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was launched at a workshop in Kenya last month (10 November). The US$4 million project’s primary operations will be carried out in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda where the disease is prevalent, according to Candace Buzzard, a director of agriculture for USAID, West Africa.

Jimmy Smith


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