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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)1995

Improved processing of sorghum and millet in semi-arid production system of India and East Africa

Sorghum Millet Semi-arid

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Improved processing of sorghum and millet in semi-arid production system of India and East Africa

Pays : Ghana, India

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R6336

DFID Programme : Crop Post Harvest

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : Natural Resources Institute (NRI)
Managing Institutes : Natural Resources International Limited (NRIL)
Collaborating Institutes : Central Food Technological Research Institute ; Sokoine University of Agriculture

Durée : Start Date : 01-04-1995 End Date : 31-03-1996

Objectif
To collate existing research information and produce a review paper. To strength linkages with a view to developing a networking on sorghum and millets. To carry out case studies at micro/household scale in India and Tanzania. To identify constraints on the enhanced utilisation of sorghum and millets.

Descriptif
Sorghum and millets have a strategic importance as a food source in semi-arid areas in developing countries. The majority of farmers are small-scale and use traditional self-selected varieties, they are cultivated in low external imput agricultural systems. World production of sorghum exceeds 57,677,000 tonnes, millets 26,442,000 tonnes (FAO 1993). The expansion of maize production, encouraged by direct and hidden subsidies, has tendered to divert interest away from the utilisation of sorghum and millets. However, both are important staple crops for the livelihoods of poor people living in semi-arid areas and are particularly valuable as reserve crops against low rainfall, in other production systems, by-products such as stover and bran are increasingly important for fodder for animals. Research by the international agricultural research institutes and nation centres have tended to concentrate almost exclusively on breeding programmes focussed on improving characteristics and related uses.

Total Cost to DFID : £137,000

Présentation : UKAID

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