Updated Aug 24, 2020

Insect-Resistant and Drought-Tolerant Maize


Tara Chiu

Securing regulatory approvals and initiating commercialization of transgenic drought-tolerant (DroughtGard or CspB trait) and insect-resistant (Bt trait) (TELA) maize hybrids royalty-free for African farmers to manage frequent droughts and pests.

Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Focus Areas:

Agriculture and Seeds & Stock

Agriculture and Seeds & StockSEE LESS

Implemented In:

United States, South Africa, Tanzania and 5 MoreSEE ALL

United States, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique and NigeriaSEE LESS

Countries Implemented In
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Drought-stress and insect-pests (fall army-worm and stem borer) infestation occasioned by climate-charge



Through plant breeding and genetic engineering to develop novel drought-tolerant and insect-resistant maize hybrids trademarked DroughtTEGO® (conventional) and TELA® (transgenic).

Target Beneficiaries

Smallholder African Farmers Seed companies in Africa National maize breeding programs in Africa

Competitive Advantage

Our innovation combines both conventional and transgenic technologies with the transgenic technology building on the gains from conventional technology to provide sustainable options for African farmers


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TITLEInsect-Resistant and Drought-Tolerant Maize (TELA Maize)
Agriculture and Seeds & Stock
Implemented InUnited States, Nigeria, Mozambique and 5 more SEE ALLUnited States, Nigeria, Mozambique, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa SEE LESS
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