Study highlights environmental and seasonal effects on maize hybrids
Maize is a staple cereal across Africa that is also consumed globally. Rich in protein, the crop that is a significant source of dietary fiber in human nutrition is also one of the primary ingredients in animal feed production because of its high-energy content and digestibility.
However, for many years, farmers in rural Africa have lacked access to improved farming technologies, clean and pest-resistant seeds, and proper agronomic practices that will help reform the economic value of maize. Cultivated by rural farmers, maize has been identified as one of the crops that can combat global food shortages.
Various agroecological patterns affect maize production, including cultivation, quality, and nutritional components. The nutritional characteristics, including carbohydrates and minerals (e.g., potassium and magnesium) and fiber, make the crop a significant food source for millions worldwide.