Kenya: Maize Lethal Necrosis - The Growing Challenge in Eastern Africa

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The spread of Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) in the maize growing regions of Eastern Africa has intensified since the first outbreak was reported in September 2011 in Kenya. FAS/Nairobi estimates that the disease will reduce Kenya's estimated maize production by about 10% during the 2014/2015 marketing year. The Government of Kenya (GOK), and the national, regional and international research organizations have commenced initiatives to mitigate the spread and adverse impact on food security. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is providing technical support to the tolerance screening initiative, and capacity building for scientists under the Borlaug Fellowship Program (BFP).

Kenya: Maize Lethal Necrosis - The Growing Challenge in Eastern Africa

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