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Lack of rain can jeopardize maize seed production

March 19, 2015
This photo was taken at the Tool Baye Seed Cooperative processing unit in Kaolack, Senegal.

This photo was taken at the Tool Baye Seed Cooperative processing unit in Kaolack, Senegal.

Daniella Van Leggelo Padilla took this picture to show the quality of the certified maize seeds that were being sold at a subsidized price thanks to the World Bank West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP/PPAAO).

Due to a late — and poor — rainfall in 2014, farmers lost their crops, putting them in a precarious position for the fall harvest.

The WAAPP program was able to shore up this loss by providing Senegalese farmers with short cycle, drought-resistant seeds to help them salvage the season’s crops.

 

Learn More: Seeding hope for smallholder farmers in Senegal

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