Project Details

Africa Biofortified Sorghum for humanitarian purposes (ABS project)

Duration: 01/Jul/2005 - 30/Jun/2010

Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa,West and Central Africa

Project contact: MA Mgonja; M Siambi

Donor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-USA

The ABS project seeks to improve the health of millions of people who rely on sorghum as their primary diet.  It seeks to achieve this through the improvement of the nutritional quality of sorghum by adding essential amino acids and vitamins.

The project recognizes that the challenge of improving the nutritional quality of sorghum by adding essential amino acids and vitamins requires diverse expertise.  The need for a project consortium allows the participation of diverse institutions and enables an African-led initiative that allows creative North-South and South-South partnerships designed to address challenges of limited human and infrastructural capacity.  The consortium represents a historic shift in tackling the nutrition and health challenge in Africa and the developing world.

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