Project Details

Pearl millet innovations for improved livelihoods in drought-prone areas of Eastern and Central Africa (ECA)

Duration: 01/Feb/2012 - 31/Oct/2013

Donor: Other international or regional organization,Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)-Uganda

CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals

The goal of the project is to enhance sustainable productivity and value added competitiveness of the pearl millet-legume system in the arid and semi-arid (ASAL) of ECA to increase food security and household incomes sustainably and thus take significant numbers of farm families out of poverty. To achieve this, five objectives are stated that attend to productivity constraints that come under genetic resources enhancement, crop management, and production. Others address post-harvest and utilization as well as input delivery and marketing constraints. The overall objective is to unlock the potential of the sub-regional pearl millet system as a strategy for addressing food and nutrition security, incomes and long-term environmental management through up scaling of improved varieties, processing and value addition, crop livestock integration and making efficient use of the limited resources.

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