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TEGO Drought tolerant and high yield maize varieties

Boost yields, and income with advanced maize.

TEGO is an improved varieties maize technology developed to bolster drought resilience and improve grain output in maize cultivation. Developed through collaborative research efforts, TEGO integrates cutting-edge genetic traits, advanced breeding techniques, and climate-smart agricultural practices to address the pressing challenges posed by erratic rainfall patterns and water scarcity in agricultural landscapes.

This technology is TAAT1 validated.


Scaling readiness: idea maturity 9/9; level of use 9/9

ROI: $$$ 20—35 %

Yield increased




  • Erratic Rainfall Patterns and Water Scarcity: The variability in precipitation poses a significant challenge to agricultural productivity, as crops like maize require sufficient water for optimal growth and development.
  • Challenges Associated with Drought Resilience: Traditional maize varieties often lack sufficient resilience to withstand prolonged drought conditions, resulting in decreased yields and economic losses for farmers.
  • Limited Access to Improved Varieties: Farmers in Sub-Saharan African countries face challenges in accessing improved maize varieties due to limited investments in the seed production sector.
  • Low Productivity in Maize Farming: Conventional maize varieties may not be well-suited for the diverse climatic and soil conditions found in Sub-Saharan Africa, leading to low productivity in maize farming.
  • Food and Nutritional Insecurity: Limited access to improved maize varieties can contribute to food and nutritional insecurity in the region, affecting both the quantity and quality of harvested grain.


  • TEGO, improved maize varieties with enhanced drought tolerance
  • Breeding of maize hybrids with high yield (20-35% yield increase) potential under drought stress conditions
  • Promotion of sustainable agricultural practices, including conservation agriculture and integrated soil fertility management
  • Provision of training and extension services on climate-smart agricultural practices
  • Empowerment of smallholder farmers through access to improved maize varieties and knowledge resources
  • These varieties are specifically developed to perform well in diverse climatic and soil conditions.

Key points to design your business plan

This technology may be of interest to manufacturers (seed multipliers), resellers, and users.


Manufacturing DroughtTEGO technology offers a cost-effective and sustainable solution empowering diverse farming communities. Efficient multiplication of DroughtTEGO seeds requires the 

  • Acquisition of Foundation or Registered Seed, depending on the role in the seed development process. 
  • Obtain certificates to propagate DroughtTEGO varieties, ensuring compliance with licensing requirements stipulated by each country in Sub-Saharan Africa for producing and selling certified seeds locally.

The potential customers for DroughtTEGO seeds include wholesale distributors supplying retailers, as well as development projects, government agencies, and NGOs. Establishing robust partnerships with wholesale distributor networks is crucial for the successful distribution and adoption of DroughtTEGO technology, facilitating its widespread implementation and impact across agricultural landscapes.


Selling DroughtTEGO maize varieties fosters closer engagement between businessmen and their target audience, facilitating access to farmers.

To successfully navigate this market, it's crucial to:

  • Identify reliable sources for bulk procurement of DroughtTEGO seeds,
  • Optimize transportation logistics, and secure suitable storage facilities to maintain seed quality.

Your potential customer base includes small, local retailers seeking quality agricultural products, development projects aiming to enhance agricultural productivity, farmers looking to adopt innovative technologies, and producer cooperatives or associations interested in collective farming initiatives. 

By catering to these diverse stakeholders, you can effectively distribute DroughtTEGO technology and drive positive change in agricultural communities.


DroughtTEGO maize varieties present a transformative solution for farmers.

As key partners, you require sellers of DroughtTEGO maize varieties to facilitate widespread adoption.

The cost structure for implementing DroughtTEGO technology includes the following components:

  • The price of DroughtTEGO maize seeds.
  • Labour costs for planting per hectare.
  • Fertilizer inputs amount per hectare.
  • Harvesting and winnowing of grain incur per hectare.

To estimate the profit realized with the use of DroughtTEGO technology, the total revenue generated from increased grain yields must be compared against the total cost of inputs, including seed, labour, fertilizer, and harvesting expenses.


Positive or neutral impact

Adults 18 and over
Positive high
Under 18
Positive medium
Positive medium

Positive or neutral impact

Climate adaptability
It adapts really well
Adaptability for farmers
It helps a lot
It doesn't hurt them

Countries with a green colour
Tested & adopted
Countries with a bright green colour
Countries with a yellow colour
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burundi Burkina Faso Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Côte d’Ivoire Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Kenya Libya Liberia Madagascar Mali Malawi Morocco Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda Zambia Senegal Sierra Leone Zimbabwe Somalia South Sudan Sudan South Africa Eswatini Tanzania Togo Tunisia Chad Uganda Western Sahara Central African Republic Lesotho
Countries where the technology has been tested and adopted
Country Tested Adopted
Ethiopia Not tested Adopted
Kenya Not tested Adopted
Mozambique Not tested Adopted
Nigeria Not tested Adopted
South Africa Not tested Adopted
Tanzania Not tested Adopted
Uganda Not tested Adopted

This technology can be used in the colored agro-ecological zones. Any zones shown in white are not suitable for this technology.

Agro-ecological zones where this technology can be used
AEZ Subtropic - warm Subtropic - cool Tropic - warm Tropic - cool

Source: HarvestChoice/IFPRI 2009

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are applicable to this technology.

Sustainable Development Goal 1: no poverty
Goal 1: no poverty
Sustainable Development Goal 2: zero hunger
Goal 2: zero hunger
Sustainable Development Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Sustainable Development Goal 12: responsible production and consumption
Goal 12: responsible production and consumption

  1. Licensing Agreement: Establish a clear licensing agreement between public and private entities to outline terms for multiplying and distributing designated maize varieties.

  2. Seed Multiplication: The private entity multiplies selected maize varieties with high germination rates and genetic purity under controlled conditions.

  3. Quality Control: Implement rigorous quality control measures, ensuring genetic purity and high-quality seed production.

  4. Reporting and Monitoring: Provide regular reports on production quantities and sales to maintain transparency and agreement adherence.

  5. Distribution: Distribute certified high-quality seeds through local agro-dealers, ensuring accessibility for a wide range of farmers.

  6. Market Promotion: Strategically market hybrid maize seed to both small-scale and commercial farmers, emphasizing cost-effective production and timely delivery.

  7. Monitoring and Feedback: Establish an ongoing feedback loop between public and private entities to ensure efficient seed multiplication.

Last updated on 22 May 2024