Ruth Kamula, a community-based seed producer in Kiboko, Kenya, planted KDV-1, a drought tolerant seed maize variety developed with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute as part of CIMMYT’s Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project. “I am trying my hand at DT maize seed production because it will lift me and my family out of poverty. It is our lifeline during this time of drought,” she said. Photo is from Anne Wangalachi, CIMMYT.
The DTMA project is one result of CGIAR, a global strategic alliance that works to reduce extreme poverty, improve food security, and improve nutrition and health. Composed of hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional agricultural research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector, it is one of the ways USAID is actively working towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals. In this respect, CGIAR uses scientific advances to build resilience to hunger and climate change in the Horn of Africa through global partnerships.