Project chalks up significant progress to save maize from parasitic Striga in Kenya and Nigeria
Thousands of farmers in Kenya and Nigeria are successfully battling the invasion in their farms by Striga, a deadly parasitic weed also called “purple vampire”. They are now enjoying higher yields in maize, the number one staple in Kenya and an important cash crop in Nigeria.
The key to managing this weed is to combine sustainable multiple-pronged technology options being advocated by the Integrated Striga Management in Africa (ISMA) project to sustainably eliminate the weed from their fields, says Dr Mel Oluoch, ISMA project manager.
Humidtropics is an innovative agricultural systems research program that will help poor farm families, mostly led by women, boost their agricultural productivity while preserving the land for future generations.