Shortly thereafter Morice discontinued active participation in the WEMA
due to other time-consuming commitments.
project is aimed at developing and deploying drought-tolerant maize hybrids royalty-free to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
For Water Efficient Maize for Africa ( WEMA) which has been proven to withstand the attacks from ArmyWorm, Dr Abdourhamane said 'we want Nigeria to be part of WEMA project, we have some maize varieties that can withstand the attack of Armyworm.
And WEMA will also have support from the African Development Bank to get more countries involved especially Nigeria, if you don't solve Nigeria's food problem, forget about the rest of West Africa because it is 80 per cent of West Africa'.
According to the developer of the WEMA, project, Dr Sylvester Oikeh, 'the WEMA product (varieties) should be able to give us a yield advantage of between 20-35 per cent over the yield of the commercialised varieties that were in the market in 2008 when the project started.
The project has just harvested its first WEMA non-GM crops and the first varieties could be on the market for farmers within the next two to three years.
Tanzania follows in the footsteps of Kenya, which gave the green light for the introduction of WEMA drought tolerant maize hybrid WEnoi in June 2013.
Kenya country coordinator James Gethi said the project was incorporating drought-tolerant maize varieties, which is anticipated to improve farmers' production per hectare from less than one tonne to up to five.
IDI Gazeley has recently signed leases in Florida with Norgay Corporation, Video Equipment Rentals, Medical Specialties Distributors, WEMA
USA, Conquest Manufacturing, and STS Component Solutions.
The varieties were developed by the WEMA
(Water Efficient Maize for Africa), an international public-private partnership that is aimed at developing and deploying drought tolerant maize hybrids royalty-free to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Bank Nigeria Plc gained $10 Million development finance facility from Shelter Afrique -the Pan -African development finance institution aimed on financing affordable housing in Africa.