Striga (witchweed) is a parasitic weed that constrains the productivity of staples such as maize, sorghum, millet and upland rice in Sub-Saharan Africa. The weed survives by siphoning off water and nutrients from the crops for its own growth. Striga infests over 40 mill. hectares of smallholder farmland in the region and causes yield losses. Striga seeds remain dormant and viable in the soil for up to 20 years.
AATF is collaborating in a public/private sector partnership project to promote technological interventions for the control of Striga in maize in Africa.