BASF to collaborate on African Striga control
BASF is collaborating with the Nigeria-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA - Ibadan), the Kenya-based African Agricultural Technology Foundation (Nairobi), and the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT - Texcoco) on a project to reduce crop losses from the parasitic weed, Striga ( Striga hermonthica and S gesnerioides). The four-year project will focus on maize and legumes in Kenya and Nigeria. Striga causes losses of up to $1,200 million in maize and cowpeas in the sub-Saharan Africa region, the company says. The project aims to increase maize yields by 50% and double cowpea yields by 2014.