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African Agricultural Technology Foundation to Develop Drought-Tolerant Maize Varieties for Small-Scale Farmers in Africa

Long-term goal of public-private partnership to reduce crop failure, alleviate hunger and poverty

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

KAMPALA, Uganda -- The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) today announced a public-private partnership to develop drought-tolerant maize varieties for Africa. The partnership, known as Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), was formed in response to a growing call by African farmers, leaders, and scientists to address the devastating effects of drought on small-scale farmers and their families. Frequent drought leads to crop failure, hunger, and poverty. Climate change will only worsen the problem.

To read the full press release, visit the African Agricultural Technology Foundation web site.

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