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March 3rd, 2017 / Crop Protection News

A long-term project to introduce and develop genetically modified drought-resistant maize to Africa has been billed a success by one of it drivers, the biotechnology giant Monsanto.

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, up and running since 2008, was created with “a goal to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa,” according to the company.

Under the project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard G. Buffet Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), farmers in five countries down the east coast and round the cape of Africa are now using a variety of drought-resistant germplasms, or seeds. See more