Improved access to appropriate farm inputs for integrated maize crop management by small-scale farmers in Kenya and Tanzania
|Coordinating organisation:||Farm Input Promotion Scheme|
Strategies developed and promoted to reduce the impact of pests on poor peoples’ crops and to improve quality and yield from maize-based systems.
The main objective is to improve the food security of small-scale farmers through improving their access to, and rapid dissemination of technology to improve crop production (appropriate fertilisers, lime) and crop protection (MSV-tolerant maize varieties, herbicides).
Research has shown that poor soil fertility, high weed infestation, and Maize Streak Virus (MSV) seriously depress yields of maize. Technology to address these constraints is available, but not accessible to small-scale farmers. Working in co-operation with the private sector, FIPS Africa staff promote small packets of improved fertiliser (1 kg), and improved MSV-tolerant maize varieties through local stockists. Having experimented with these small packets, small farmers return to the stockists to purchase larger quantities of these inputs to improve their food security.
|Budget (in &euro):||155303|
|Commodity:||plant products (agroforest)
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|Last editing:||2006-07-18 12:40:54|