During the week of August 10, 2015, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CYMMIT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) awarded the second prize to a seed variety developed and distributed through a USAID Southern Africa Strategic Partnership Grant.
The Trade Hub supported CAP9001, a drought-tolerant maize seed, through a grant for technology transfer with Capstone Seeds of South Africa. Almost 60,000 smallholder farmers received the quality seed last season in 5kg packets and immediately realized the benefits of the improved seed due to the nationwide drought that plagued Malawi during the season.
Two other Peacock seeds were awarded first and third prizes, as Peacock swept the top awards and outperformed companies from the entire SADC region, including much larger multinational operations. CAP9001’s drought-resistant properties and the company’s increased visibility have increased demand for the product, and Peacock will continue to distribute the seed in coming seasons. Peacock is now selling seed back to Capstone Seeds in South Africa, as well as exporting to other countries in the region such as Botswana, Lesotho, and Namibia.
Photo: Felix Dumbe, Founder and President of Peacock Seeds, holding Peacock’s CYMMIT award at Peacock headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi