Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program

Chemical giant DuPont has recognized the importance of smallholder farmer and is investing, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and others, to help support farmers. They are developing new seeds and products and working on training and distribution challenges.

Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program

As part of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, in January 2013, the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ethiopia’s Agriculture Transformation Agency (ATA) joined with USAID and DuPont Pioneer in a three-year PPP to increase maize productivity by transitioning farmers from open-pollinated to improved hybrid seed varieties, reducing post-harvest losses, expanding access to credit and inputs, and building the capacity of extension services to disseminate skills and best practices to Ethiopian maize farmers. DuPont Pioneer is investing US $1 million to provide technical assistance and distribution of improved varieties of maize seed for 35,000 farmers. USAID is investing $1million to support training, field demonstrations, commercial credit schemes, post-harvest storage development, soil sampling at demonstration sites, logistics, and market access and development.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...


    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth, higher living standards and vibrant communities in low-income countries and emerging democracies. Based...

  • DuPont

    Service Providers
    Staff size: 10,000+

    DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people...

  • Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture

    Staff size: Unknown

    The present day Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) was established in 1907during the reign of emperor Menelik II.More than a century has been elapsed since agriculture was transformed in to an...

  • Agriculture Transformation Agency (ATA) - DUPLICATE

    Ethiopia | Staff size: 51-100

    The Ethiopian Agriculture Transformation Agency (the Agency or ATA) is an initiative of the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) established in 2010. The primary aim of the Agency is to promote...

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Key Information

LocationEthiopia, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 2 Million