Region: East Africa > Kenya
Categorized: Socio-economics and impact assessment
Tagged: #resistantgenotypes fall armyworm
Performance of elite maize genotypes under fall armyworm artificial infestation in Kenya.
Currently in Africa, there is no appropriate maize genotype, scientifically proven to be resistant
to FAW since it’s a new pest in Africa. It’s therefore apparent that there’s a critical need to
screen for promising maize genotypes with FAW native resistance breeding .To address this gap, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) accelerated efforts to vigorous screen Pre-commercial genotypes, improved Open Pollinated Varieties and commercial hybrids. The major aim was to increase maize production and food security through development and dissemination of genotypes with native resistance to FAW thereby significantly reducing crop losses. The results of this project is expected early this year.