Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa (TAMASA)


Summary Maize is an important staple food and feed crop in SSA predominantly grown by some 55 million smallholder farmers in maize-based systems. Smallholder maize yields are well below the best yields that can be obtained on farm with current technology. Read more

Year of initiation:2015
Year of completion:2019

Interpretive Summary

The overall objective of the "Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa" (TAMASA) project is to work with extension service providers (i. e. , input suppliers, government and private research and extension services, agro-dealers, and others) to co-develop systems and applications/tools that enhance capacity to effectively develop and disseminate site-specific nutrient and agronomic recommendations.

Maize productivity remains low ( 2 t/ha/yr) in sub-Saharan Africa, even though average yields of 4 t/ha are possible if optimum management is practiced. Taking maize agronomy to scale in Africa (TAMASA) project was initiated in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania to develop and promote improved agronomic practices for maize production intensification.

Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa (TAMASA) is a 4-year project with a focus to use geospatial soil and agronomic data to generate decision tools for use by extension service providers to help smallholder farmers to increase crop productivity in maize-based farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Project Description

Project Leader

Peter Craufurd, CIMMYT

Project Cooperators

Bernard Vanlauwe, IITA

IPNI Staff

S. Zingore


Africa \ Eastern Africa \ ETH