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Providing food security and much more for millions
Sorghum is a highly reliable crop that grows well in hot, dry environments. It is “climate change-ready”, and provides food security and income for millions of poor farmers living in such locations. 

500 million – Number of people who rely on sorghum as a dietary staple

242 – Number of improved commercial sorghum varieties derived from ICRISAT research

484 – Average net return (US$) per hectare to African farmers growing improved sorghum

1,240 – Average net return (US$) per hectare to African farmers who feed sorghum to livestock

ICRISAT-HOPE sharply increases sorghum yields in Maharashtra, India

HOPE has become reality for 25,000 farmers in dryland Marathwada and Western Maharashtra regions of the state of Maharashtra, known as the ‘Sorghum Bowl of India’. Initial assessments indicate that their grain yields rose by 40% and fodder yields by 20% on average over the past three seasons (2010-2012) due to improved sorghum varieties and crop management practices, along with improved market linkages. About half of these farmers operate on a very small scale, with landholding size of two hectares or less. Net income (the income that farmers retain after their costs of cultivation are paid for) has increased by 50%, to an average of US$78 per hectare of sorghum grown.

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Eva’s endeavours: a professional path in plant science inspired by Norman Borlaug

Learning about the work of Nobel laureate, Norman Borlaug, in high school inspired Eva Weltzien to become a plant breeder so she too could contribute to improving the living conditions in the developing world. Today, Eva is a Principal Scientist in sorghum breeding and genetic resources at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Mali.

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Grain revolution in the desert (German)

News article from German about the Sorghum, millets and GM crops with quotes from ICRISAT scientist Dr Eva W Rattunde.

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