Drought-Tolerant Maize for Africa (Gates Foundation)


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Profiles of Progress: Drought-Tolerant Maize for Africa

For Sharifa Numbi, a smallholder farmer in Tanzania, maize is life. Maize nourishes her family at every meal. It’s also her main source of income, giving her money to send her children to school, visit the doctor, and put a roof over her head. But the impacts of climate change are threatening this life-giving crop for Numbi and millions of other African farmers. Severe droughts in recent years have scorched millions of hectares of maize across the continent, pushing farming families like Numbi’s into poverty and hunger.

“It’s been very difficult to keep practicing farming when the weather is not good,” says the 37-year-old mother of two.

New varieties of maize, however, are giving her something once unimaginable: insurance against hunger.

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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