African Agricultural Technology Foundation
Partnership period: January 2014 – January 2018
Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
ACHIEVEMENTS: At least 100,841 smallholder farmers purchased and planted 634 tons of imazapyr resistant maize.
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 significant losses of staple crops.
APPROACH: Continuing efforts that began during the program partnership, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation worked 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 increased seed production with automated treating equipment, improved packaging and labeling, and safety training.