More than 300 million Africans depend on maize as their main food crop, which occupies approximately 24% of farmland. In addition, maize is also very important as feed for farm animals.
Unfortunately, compared to many other regions, the yield of maize production in many African countries is very low due to many biotic and abiotic factors. Erratic rain patterns, inadequate farming methods and drought stress can lead to 70-100% crop loss, which is dramatic for both farmers and consumers, as the whole food chain is affected. Some of these hurdles can be overcome through improvements in agricultural practices, using the right quality fertilizers.