Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA)
Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) is a partnership of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, research organizations in several African nations, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT, one of the key institutions of the Green Revolution), and Monsanto, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The acronym "wema" is the Swahili word for "good."
Africa research institutions involved include:
- Kenya – Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)
- Mozambique – National Agriculture Institute of Mozambique (IIAM)
- South Africa – Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
- Tanzania – Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH)
- Uganda – National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)
According to Kenyan newspapers, WEMA GE maize seeds will be sold in shops in Kenya in 2014.
Articles and resources
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- Gates Foundation
- Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
- African Agricultural Technology Foundation
- International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
- Green Revolution
- Second Green Revolution
- Howard G. Buffett Foundation
- Christine Lagat, "Drought tolerant maize to turn Kenya’s arid regions into bread basket," Philippine Times of Southern Nevada, December 17, 2011.
- Mike Ludwig, "Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GE Crops on Africa," Truthout, July 12, 2011.
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