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Earth Institute Research Projects

Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa (TAMASA)

Lead PI: Dr. Markus Walsh

Unit Affiliation: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

September 2019 - February 2020
Inactive
Africa
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa (TAMASA) is a 4-year project seeking to improve productivity and profitability for small-scale maize farmers in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

The overall purpose of TAMASA is to use innovative approaches to transform agronomy that:

- Use available geospatial and other data and analytics to map maize areas, soil constraints, and actual and yields at different scale.
- Work with service providers (i.e. input suppliers, government and private research and extension services, agro-dealers, and others) to identify and co-develop systems and applications that transform this data and information to useable products that support their businesses or programs to reach clients more effectively
- Build capacity in national programs to support and sustain these approaches.

The core products and services of this project include:

- Annual assessments and digital maps of maize growing areas, actual and attainable yields in core research areas or focal areas.
- Decision-support tools for ex-ante spatial analysis, nutrient management, fertilizer formulation and variety selection.
- Open-access databases of agronomic data.
- Increased capacity in national programs and partners through in-country data science and software application training and mentoring.

SPONSOR:

INTERNATIONAL MAIZE AND WHEAT IMPROVEMENT CENTER

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

Gates (Bill and Melinda) Foundation

KEYWORDS

agronomy mapping farmers maize

THEMES

Sustainable living