Project Details

Delivering new sorghum and millet innovations for food security and improvement of livelihoods in Eastern Africa

Duration: 01/Jan/2011 - 31/Dec/2013

Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa / Ethiopia / Kenya / Tanzania / Uganda

Donor: CGIAR,International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-Kenya

CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals

The goal of the project is to enhance sustainable productivity and competitiveness for sorghum and finger millet sub-sectors in eastern Africa that would lead to better food security, incomes and overall livelihoods. The main purpose of the project is to generate, collate and deliver sorghum and finger millet technologies that minimize the effects of climate change; and raise productivity and income of sorghum and finger millet producing farmers through development-oriented research and action in eastern Africa. This project focuses on Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and proposes an approach that will employ both upstream and downstream technologies which will enable development of new tools for a neglected crop, finger millet, but also impact directly on farmers’ fields by the introduction and adoption of improved, disease and drought tolerant sorghum of the diffusion and impact of improved crop varieties remains incomplete in South Asia. In 1998, a global initiative on the ‘impact assessment of varietal change’ generated data on the adoption of improved crop varieties. That baseline data needs to be updated, widened, and deepened. Two main activities which drive this project are documenting key performance indicators of crop genetic improvement and collecting nationally representative survey data on varietal adoption.

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