Food security: Improved seed

Ten climate adapted small grain seed varieties produced by the Crop Breeding Institute in Zimbabwe are increasing yields and reducing crop failure. In the drought stricken province of Matabeleland South, the varieties have been used by about 1,000 farmers, enhancing the food security of the area by doubling yields and increasing farmer incomes. An additional 20,000 farmers in surrounding areas are expected to benefit from the improved varieties through farmers sharing seeds and exchanges. Small grains such as sorghum, pearl millet and cowpeas are farmed for their drought tolerance, early maturing, and nutritional qualities, and are cheaper to grow than staple crops which require more fertiliser and irrigation.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.