IPBO Maize in Afica

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International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO)
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September, 2017
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Maize is the most-produced cereal worldwide. In Africa alone, more than 300 million people depend on maize as their main food crop. In addition, maize is also very important as feed for farm animals. Currently, approximately 1 billion tons of maize are grown in more than 170 countries on about 180 million hectares of land. 90% of the world’s production is yellow maize, but in Africa, 90% of the total maize production is white maize. Maize production in Africa is very low: while the average yield worldwide is approximately 5.5 tons/hectare/year, production in Africa stagnates at around 2 tons/hectare/year.

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International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO)

International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), 2017.  Maize in Africa

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