Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa (DONATA) with emphasis on Quality Protein Maize (QPM) technologies
  •  Use of Innovation Platform for Technology Adoption (IPTAs) -“ Majukwaa bunifu ya kusambaza teknolojia
  • Communication/promotion/up scaling
  • Participatory learning
  • Capacity building

Innovation platform: “A network of partners working on a common theme and using research knowledge in ways it has not been used before to generate goods/services that benefit the poor”

Membership: Involves a wide range of actors in the QPM value Chain- researchers, farmers/primary producers, extension services, seed companies NGOs, government policy bodies, equipment manufactures and suppliers, traders, agro-processors etc
All organized into a coherent group (platform); each actor with clear roles
The focus is on commodity value chain rather than just farmers, hence need for diversity of key actors and organizations; collaboration & coordination.
The focus is on empowerment of clients along the chain for:
Improving CAPACITY for innovation than supply of knowledge and technology
Fostering learning to enable a commodity sector to respond to continuous competitive challenges
Organization of grassroots stakeholders


 Tanzania DONATA-QPM IPTAs since 2008/09
Muheza – KIWAMMU (Kikundi cha Wakulima wa Mbegu Muheza)
Main focus- QPM Seed Production
Kilosa – KIMSIRU (Kimamba, Msimba and Rudewa)
Main focus- QPM Processing and utilization
Kilindi – MUUSOKI (Muungano, Songe and Kibirashi)
Main focus- QPM Husbandry
Main focus- QPM Seed Production
Main focus- QPM Processing and utilization

QPM Technology Adoption Pathways
  • Agricultural shows
  • Farmers Field Days (FFDs)
  • Demonstrations
  • Village and district meetings
  • Workshops
  • Various capacity building activities-training
  • Exchange visits
  • VIPs/Policy makers visits
  • Media (Print, Radio, TV)

Planted more than 100 ha for seed and grain production
Participation in National Nane-Nane Agricultural show where by more than 20,000 people of which 45% were women got information on QPM technologies
Harvested 20 MT of seed and more than 800 MT of grain with an average of 2 MT per ha
Distributed more than 3000 copies of leaflets on QPM technologies, processing and utilization during promotion and dissemination activities
Sensitization of stakeholders for QPM production using various avenues like stakeholders meetings at District and village level
Organized three (3) field days that were attended by 620 people of which 250 were females and 370 were males
Collection of success stories with ASARECA and FARA in July 2011
Reached more than 30,000 farmers/stakeholders
About 15 training sessions held and attended by more than 500 participants (40% being females)
Cross learning among IPTAs
Influenced Household Behaviour
Maasai-QPM farm –Kilosa
Entrepreneurship –
QPM Porridge, Snacks,
Kilimo Kwanza group – Muheza village in Kilindi District -27ha
Improved Incomes
Cost reduced by 19%
Income increased by 150%
Income obtained is used for improvement of other activities