Supporting food security with climate change-adaptive seeds
Peacock farms and their contracted farmers produce drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and yield-improved legume and maize seeds from parental material offered by different research institutions. The enterprise also provides cleaning, processing, treatment and packaging of the seeds that are then sold for affordable prices to small-scale farmers throughout the country.
Agricultural trading companies across Malawi support the local distribution of the seeds.
The initiative will help diminish soil erosion by planting tree lines around fields and the farm. In the long term, it will maintain a natural forest with wildlife.
Peacock Seeds is a growing business that produces drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and yield-improved legume and maize seeds, sold to local farmers.
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) supplies Peacock Seeds with parental material for back-up and multiplication of hybrid maize.
ICRAST MALAWI provides basic bean and ground nut seeds that are multiplied by Peacock Seeds.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.