Genetically Improved Seeds Helping Farmers Confront Climate Change
Less than 30 percent of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa use improved seed that has recently undergone a formal breeding process. But it does not have to be that way.
Consider the Drought-Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project. This partnership of national and international agricultural research institutions has to date released about 200 distinct drought-tolerant maize varieties.
The Pan-African Bean Research Alliance has released more than 450 new bean varieties bred to be more resilient to extreme weather while offering higher yielding and better nutrition than their ancestors.