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Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program Helps More Than 100,000 Ethiopia Farmers Enhance Their Income and Transform Production

Higher Yield Potential, Greater Incomes and Better Livelihoods for Farmers Participating in AMSAP

Durban, South Africa, 3 May, 2017 – Today, DuPont announced that the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP) agriculture development program, a public private partnership among DuPont, The US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Government of Ethiopia, has exceeded its goals to boost maize productivity among smallholder farmers and increase food production for local communities.

The program’s goal was to sustainably help increase more than 100,000 smallholder farmers' yields and enhance income potential while also improving nutrition outcomes in 29 districts over three regions of Oromia, Amhara and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP). These goals have been surpassed with over 250,000 small holder farmers adopting new technology in 53 districts as of the end of 2016. These numbers will continue to grow in the remaining two years of the program.

Krysta Harden, DuPont Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer and one of several participants at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 said, “These results mark a significant milestone in DuPont's commitment to helping farmers improve productivity by giving them more and better products and ensuring their success.”

Increasing Farmer Incomes and Agricultural Productivity
There is a significant need to increase food crop productivity in Ethiopia. Maize is Ethiopia’s leading cereal in terms of production, with 6 million tons produced by 9 million farmers across approximately 2 million hectares of land. A primary challenge of the Ethiopian maize value chain is access to quality improved maize seeds, which substantially impacts the productivity of smallholders. Ethiopia has an average maize yield of about 3.4 metric tons per hectare, while the U.S. yields about 10 tons per hectare.

Before AMSAP, farmers were harvesting 2.2 metric tons per hectare compared to 7.5 metric tons per hectare after participating in the AMSAP program. Since its launch four years ago, participating farmers have observed an average of almost 300 percent increase in maize yield productivity, increased incomes by as much as $1,500 USD, and established greater linkages to markets.

More than 30 agronomists, in each region are engaged in delivering training to farmers and 54 seed dealers have been fully enabled to distribute seed. Farmers are learning about better farming practices through increasing coverage of demonstration and field days with model farmers.

New seed and grain warehouse facilities have been built in local communities for farmers to store seed and grain to improve post-harvest grain storage, reducing losses by 30 percent.

AMSAP takes a holistic approach to promoting farmer productivity and profitability through increased access to agronomic training, storage and improved access to agricultural inputs such as hybrid seed varieties. As a result of the success of the program, DuPont is expanding the program into other parts of Africa, with a similar program already launched in Zambia, and programs under development in Tanzania and Nigeria. This strategy ensures that input/output challenges in Africa are addressed in a comprehensive and coordinated manner through a value chain approach including hybrid technology, effective extension system, availability of credit, access to inputs; on farm demonstration, post-harvest storage, marketing, and demand sinks.

“Solutions must be collaborative – reached in concert with communities, governments, NGOs, farmers and businesses with the combined expertise and resources to help solve these problems. We are honoured to be a member of this partnership with USAID and the Government of Ethiopia and proud of the innovative approach to solving the food security problem for the people of Ethiopia,” said Harden.

Click here to watch the AMSAP video on YouTube.

Click here to review a fact sheet about AMSAP.

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