Identification of Micronutrients-Dense Sorghums for Better Health in Western and Central Africa (WCA)
Duration: 01/Jan/2016 - 31/Dec/2016
Locations: West and Central Africa / Mali / Nigeria
Donor: CGIAR,HarvestPlus Challenge Program,International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)-Colombia
CGIAR Research Program: Agriculture for Nutrition and Health
Sorghum plays an important role in the diets and economies of people in Mali and Nigeria, the two targeted countries in the project and dietary induced micronutrient malnutrition is a major concern in both countries. In Nigeria for instance, the average per capita annual sorghum consumption in major sorghum growing areas, is more than 75 kg and it contributes to more than 50% of the dietary micronutrient requirements, particularly in the northern state's and among the low-income population groups. In Mali, 80 to 90% of production is directly consumed by semi-subsistence farmers and never passes through a market. In West and Central Africa (WCA) region the rate of anemia is exceedingly high especially for young children and pregnant women. Therefore any improvement in grain Iron Fe and Zinc Zn concentration in sorghum directly benefit the poor who depend mainly to agriculture.