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Small-scale community biorefining of sorghum for food, sugar and biomaterials in rain fed areas of Eastern Africa.

 

Despite its dietary protein and energy advantages, sorghum is considered a low value cereal crop in eastern Africa with minimal exploitation and investment towards its development. On the other hand, low utilization of sorghum could be partly associated with limited specialty technologies for niche markets which further presents a challenge of unavailable feedstock suitable for value addition. Besides the traditional uses of sorghum for grain, no value is attached to the other parts of the plant, and as a result, a large tonnage of sorghum stalks is discarded each growing season. 

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 BSF Project - Fourth Cycle - Exploring wide crosses derived crop biodiversity (sorghum x maize) for climate resilience and food and nutrition security in Eastern and Southern Africa 

 

Smallholder agriculture accounts for approximately 70% of the food produced and consumed in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA). However, agricultural productivity in ESA remains low. Sorghum and pearl millet, two important crops for food security in marginalized arid and semi-arid communities, receive minimal investment towards their development and the creation of added value.

This Benefit-sharing Fund project will develop sorghum and pearl millet value chains, including novel technologies appropriately adapted to local contexts and farming systems of smallholder farmers in Uganda and Zimbabwe. READ MORE >> 

 
 

BSF Project - Third Cycle - Strengthening Seed Delivery System for Dryland Cereals and Legumes in Drought-prone Areas of Uganda

 

In the drought-prone areas of Uganda, farmers depend particularly on dryland cereals and legumes, the productivity of which is often low due to drought, flash floods, parasitic weeds, insect, pests and diseases and decreasing soil fertility. Low productivity of key crops is compounded by limited access to quality seed and inadequate capacity to conserve genetic resources in resource-poor farming communities.

Focusing on three districts in northern and eastern Uganda, this Benefit-sharing Fund project is strengthening on-farm conservation and sustainable use of drought-tolerant plant genetic resources (sorghum, finger millet, pearl millets, cowpeas, pigeonpea, and groundnuts), in order to improve food security and adaptation to climate change of the most vulnerable rural communities. READ MORE >>