The African Centre for Fertiliser Development (ACFD) is targeting to boost food security through promotion of the early maturing dwarf maize variety and rice.

ACFD acting managing director Dr Isaiah Mharapara told the ZBC News that efforts are underway to multiply the dwarf maize seed varieties so that more farmers benefit since it takes half the time take by conventional seed varieties to mature.

Efforts are being made to revive rice production following research which started in 80’s in the lowveld were production thrived before blast a crop disease affected productivity.

Despite its mandate to help attain food security and eradicate poverty, the research being undertaken by the ACFD established by the African Union in Mt Hampden is being hampered by inadequate funding.