An Be Jigi II Project: Enhancing bioavailability of Iron and Zinc in varieties of sorghum and pearl millet consumed in Mali
Duration: 01/Dec/2010 - 30/Nov/2016
Locations: West and Central Africa
Donor: Foundation or Trust,McKnight Foundation-USA
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals
The general goal of this project is to identify and document ways of enhancing the nutritional status of children under five and women of childbearing age through improved micronutrient nutrition. Ways are to be sought whereby target communities can cultivate, process, and consume bio-fortified millet and sorghum varieties so as to more effectively deliver micronutrients through their staple cereals and other locally available complementary sources. . The specific objectives of this project are to enhance micronutrient nutrition through improved sorghum and pearl millet varieties and cultivation practices; develop grain processing and food preparation methods/recipes for enhanced micronutrient nutrition, determine their acceptability and quantify their nutritional value and enable behavior change for enhanced micronutrient nutrition through improved understanding and optimized uptake pathways and effective communication methods. These objectives will ensure that the communities are able to grow and consume millet and sorghum with improved micronutrient content and yield, which should then result in improved nutritional status.