African Organic Agriculture Training Manual: Maize Crop Management

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Maize (Zea mays L.) is a major staple food in sub-Saharan Africa. It can be used as food, feed for animals and as a source of industrial raw material. In sub-Saharan Africa, maize is grown mostly by small-scale farmers under rainfed conditions mainly for human consumption. It is consumed as green maize fresh on the cob, or is baked, boiled or roasted. The grain can also be dried, ground and boiled into porridge or fermented into beer.

Learning targets for farmers:

  • Learn proper selection and multiplication of maize seeds
  • Understand soil fertility and water management in maize production
  • Manage the maize stem borer and Striga weed
  • Manage maize weevils in stored maize grains
  • Receive guidance on marketing and organic certification of maize production

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Hervé Bouagnimbeck
Brian Ssebunya
FiBL, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland