IRIE is charged with initiating collaboration and linkage networks, partnership and resource mobilization, research coordination, research fund disbursement, patenting and commercialization, promoting innovations and creativity dissemination of research findings and extension services, organizing exhibitions and research conferences as well as capacity building and training in research themes among others.
In sub-saharan africa tropical maize is a major crop for direct human consumption and a stable source of income for the resource poor rural farmers. However, its yield are greatly affected by drought stress. Conventional and marker assisted breeding have contributed significantly towards improving drought stress tolerance in tropical maize.
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