The Water Efficient Maize for Africa
(WEMA) project, which is a Public Private Partnership that started since 2008, to develop and deploy royalty-free, African drought tolerant and insect-pest protected (climate-smart) white maize varieties for small scale farmers, has proven to be resistant to Armyworm attacks.
The maize variety first came to Kenya through African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) IN 2012 under a public-private partnership project, Water Efficient Maize for Africa
The drought tolerance technology was donated by Monsanto to the Water Efficient Maize for Africa
project (WEMA), a public-private partnership which counts on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as one of its sponsors.
In 2008 Monsanto, the Kenyan African Agricultural Technology Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and the Howard G Buffett Foundation launched a programme called Water Efficient Maize for Africa
Last year, scientists from Water Efficient Maize for Africa
successfully tested genetically modified maize variety that is drought tolerant and resistant to the stem borer and also showed some resistance to the fall armyworm in Kalro Kiboko and Kitale confined trial sites.
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.