Research based support and facilitation for boosting sorghum production, commercialization and utilization in Nigeria
Duration: 01/Jan/2013 - 01/Dec/2016
Locations: West and Central Africa,Nigeria
Project contact: Dr Hakeem Ayinde Ajeigbe (H.Ajeigbe@cgiar.org)
Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development- Government of Nigeria
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals
The timely availability of and access to good quality seed of improved sorghum varieties at affordable prices and in required quantities will ensure increased sorghum productivity. Increased production coupled with better market opportunities will lead to improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers through increased income and to better health through increased local consumption of protein-rich food with high calorific value. The primary beneficiaries of this project will be smallholder farmers whose sorghum production, income and food security will increase as a result of the adoption of improved management practices, seed of improved cultivars and better market access. The processors and marketers will benefit from increased availability of high quality raw materials (grains) for their industries and will increase profits by enhancing and increasing their processing capacities. Nigeria will benefit from on-farm job creation, markets and processors apart from the export potential of sorghum malt and products. The project will contribute to the enhanced capacity in the target states as well as National Agricultural Research Systems through the capacity building of several undergraduate and postgraduate students, extension agents, and staff of agriculture-based institutions. Improved employment and income earning opportunities for communities in the rural areas where production and primary processing of food crops and livestock feed will take place will result in improved livelihoods and will contribute to reducing the migration of young people to urban areas. Linking stakeholders through innovation platforms is designed to sustain the process after project completion ensuring knowledge is used for innovation.