IFDC is partnering with the Somali Agricultural Technical Group (SATG) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to improve maize yields in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. The region’s most important crop is maize, but its production is hindered by lack of improved seed varieties, poor farming practices and drought and flooding.

SATG will provide low-cost hybrid maize seed to 5,000 small-scale farmers in order to double maize yields per hectare. Farmers will be trained in appropriate fertilizer use, seed production and improved agricultural practices. The project is expected to reach more than 100,000 farm families.

Read the full article in the SATG newsletter (see page 2).