1- Maize Variety Selector Rational
Maize growers and service providers in Africa often have little information on the type of varieties that can be grown in their localities. Product information on maize seed packages is usually limited, with varieties being categorized in imprecise altitude (low, medium, high) and maturity classes (early, medium, late). As a result, farmers couldn’t make their variety choice. Harvesting at the right time is important for both the quantity and quality of the maize harvested. It was challenging to estimate the timing of different growth stages, such as flowering and maturity dates. In addition, maize varieties’ characteristics wereoften unknown to farmers and service providers. Such lack of information made it hard to decide on a variety to plant, the timing of crop management activities within the season, and to time planting with favorable harvesting and marketing periods.
2- Maize Variety Selector Functionalities
Maize Variety Selector is an analytical tool/application that provided:
Figure. Schematic representation of MVS functionalities with links to farmers and agro-dealers
3- Maize Variety Selector Potential Users
By providing information on the outlets for specific varieties, the MVS facilitated linkages between different actors in the maize value chain for optimum production and profit. The MVS targeted the following types of user:
4- Maize Variety Selector Access Options
The predictions that drive the site-specific advices of the MVS were derived from the analysis of either multi-location trial data or calibration experiments across a temperature gradient. There were four country-based versions of MVS, namely Ethiopia (20 varieties), Kenya (22 varieties), Nigeria (32 varieties) and Tanzania (42 varieties).
For further information, please refer to the document: “Spatial predictions of maize phenology: workflows and potential decision support applications”
5- Code and software resources