African Agricultural Technology Foundation
Partnership period: January 2014 – January 2018
Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
ACHIEVEMENTS: At least 120,000 smallholder farmers will purchase and plant 955 tons of imazapyr-resistant maize, valued at more than $2 million.
PURPOSE: Commercialize StrigAway, an herbicide-coated maize seed that controls the spread of the parasitic weed Striga. In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, Striga infests 1.4 million hectares of farmland, causing farmers to lose from one-third to all of their staple crops.
APPROACH: Continuing efforts that began during the program partnership, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation is working with seven local businesses to commercialize StrigAway, a maize seed coated with the herbicide imazapyr to prevent the weed from attaching to the plant. The partnership is increasing seed production with automated treating equipment, improved packaging and labeling, and safety training.