The four dryland cereal crops are highly resilient, climate-hardy, micronutrient-dense. They are the mainstay of agricultural systems in the dryland regions of Africa and Asia, where they are primarily used for food, feed and fodder.
CLIMATE-HARDY AND DROUGHT-TOLERANT
PEARL MILLET can tolerate temperatures around 42°C during flowering
SORGHUM survives better than maize in drought conditions
BARLEY can grow in most wide climate range, from extreme cold to hot drought conditions
Improved food security, nutrition, income and resilience of smallholder agriculture in the dryland regions of Africa and Asia, through the collaborative development and deployment of solutions for crop improvement, crop management, post-harvest technologies and market access to dryland cereal crops.