The uptake of quality assured maize seed by smallholder farmers is persistently low, this despite the fact that the seed has a much higher yield potential and is often more drought tolerant than the varieties traditionally grown by farmers. Just over 15% of Ugandan farmers buy quality assured maize seed from the formal seed market, the rest rely mostly on home-saved seed and low-quality products from the local market. This research project investigates the adoption for drought-tolerant maize varieties that have been specifically developed for specific agro-ecological zones in Uganda by CIMMYT and partners and looks into barriers for uptake of advanced seed technology, specifically focussing on downside risk. We assess the inhibiting role of downside risk with regard to productive investments by conducting randomized controlled trials to test the effects of bundling index insurance with drought-tolerant maize varieties on willingness-to-pay and uptake of this maize seed.
The project aligns with the CCAFS project on Developing index insurance for drought-prone maize and bean-based farming systems in East (and West) Africa to enhance farmer adoption of climate-adapted germplasm.
For more information, please contact the project leaders:
- Dr. Robert Albert Sparrow (Wageningen University & Research) at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Jonathan Hellin (CIMMYT) at email@example.com
This project is one of eight projects working to scale climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in East Africa that were funded in the fourth call of the Food & Business Global Challenges Program (GCP4).