The project purpose was to validate and promote strategies developed within R8220 to reduce the impact of disease and improve quality and yield of maize in High Potential cropping systems for the benefit of poor people in the Southern Highlands (SH) of Tanzania. In particular, this included: promoting Grey Leaf Spot (GLS)-resistant maize OPV and hybrid varieties (including UH6303 developed within R8220) already identified in variety demonstration plots more widely in the R8220-targeted districts (Iringa, Njombe, Mbarali and Mbozi) and in the SH generally; validating a Maize Streak Virus (MSV)-resistant version of UH6303; and promoting training tools developed by R8220 in the districts. The project ran simultaneously with a sister project funded by the DFID Crop Post Harvest Programme which explored how to improve farmers and other stakeholders’ access to information, training and products for maize systems in the SH.
Uyole Agricultural Research Institute, 62 pp.
Improving farmers access to and management of maize seed in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania - Phase 2. Final Technical Report.