Pearl millet, India

Success in increasing production of sorghum and millets by up to 150%

More than 180,000 households were reached with new technologies that increased the production of sorghum and millets by up to 150% across 11 countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The recently concluded Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) of Sorghum and Millets project, supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, involved 50 partners led by ICRISAT from 2009-2015. Some of the major milestones include: 49 cultivars released by the project countries (25 sorghum; 13 pearl millet; and 11 finger millet)…

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Barley varieties with higher antioxidant potential identified

Barley is one of the oldest cultivated cereals and is well known for its health benefits and medicinal value. Barley and malt are now gaining renewed interests as ingredients for the production of functional foods owing to their concentration of soluble fiber, β-glucan and bioactive compounds. Many of these bioactive compounds have high antioxidant activity. Barley varieties with higher antioxidant activity are beneficial as food for human consumption. The Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), Karnal, India in…

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Women farmer with sweet sorghum, India

Sweet sorghum complementing ethanol production in sugar mills

To help the government achieve the national ethanol blending targets of 20% by 2017, private sugar mills and the public sector research institutes are collaborating with ICRISAT to identify and test sweet sorghum varieties suitable for ethanol production. Under the framework of CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals, a total of seven sugar mills are associated with ICRISAT in this 3-year project. At the first Annual Review cum Work Planning meeting many sweet sorghum hybrids were identified as suitable for…

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RUFORUM invites applications for the Young African Entrepreneurs Award

The fifth biennial conference of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 17-21 October 2016. Linking Agricultural Universities with Private Sector, Governments, and other Stakeholders in support of Agricultural Development in Africa is the theme for this edition of the conference. The conference acts a means to strengthen training by enhancing engagement of universities with key stakeholders including industry to enhance lesson learning, knowledge sharing, demand articulation and…

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New malt barley varieties perk up farmers and malting industry in Ethiopia

Two new malt barley varieties with the potential to triple average yield in Ethiopia have been released in May 2016 by the Holetta Agricultural Research Center as a result of decades of research collaboration with ICARDA. The two varieties, HB1963 and HB 1964, can yield up to 6 tonnes per hectare (t/ha) as opposed to the average yield of 2 t/ha in Ethiopia. The varieties also offer excellent malting quality, making them attractive buys for the malting and brewery industry,…

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Delivering nutritious and high yielding cereals in western Africa

A recent review and planning meeting showed that partners were on track towards achieving the project goals and delivery of nutritious and high yielding sorghum and pearl millet hybrids to the smallholder farmers in western Africa. The overall goal of the project is to enhance sorghum and pearl millet productivity in West and Central Africa through cultivation of nutritious hybrids, contributing to food security, income generation, and improved nutrition. To achieve this goal, scientists are collaborating to define functional heterotic…

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Strengthening value chain for drought tolerant crops in Kenya

The need for effective branding and marketing of drought tolerant crops is critical in order to change consumer perceptions and attitudes was highlighted at a roundtable discussion on issues affecting marketing and value addition of drought tolerant crops. Dr Moses Siambi, Director – Eastern & Southern Africa, ICRISAT-Kenya, during his presentation on the ICRISAT Smart Food campaign said, “Drought tolerant crops including sorghum, millets, pigeonpea and groundnut are smart crops because of the high nutritional value, high resilience under extreme…

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R4D priorities set for barley in South Asia

At the fourth Regional Coordination Meeting of South Asia and China Program of ICARDA, the research priorities and work plan for barley across different countries in the region has been chalked out. Prioritizing pre-breeding and trait discovery efforts for use of landraces and wild relatives in incorporating better tolerance to different stresses was emphasized. Drought, heat, cold/frost, salinity were identified as key traits for abiotic stresses, and similarly, aphid tolerance spot blotch and stripe rust resistance were identified as priority…

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Nutrient-dense, climate-resilient future crops contribute to poverty reduction

The ISPC Science Forum 2016 will be co-hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and held from 12-14 April 2016 in Addis Ababa addressing the topic of: “Agricultural research for rural prosperity: rethinking the pathways.” A breakout session which will serve as a documented discussion on how agricultural research on Nutrient-dense climate-resilient future crops has or can contribute to poverty reduction is being organized. (Click to read the background paper) The session, one of the four break-out…

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Certified sorghum seeds through Malawi Government’s Farm Input Subsidy Program

Towards diversifying cropping systems in the drought and flood prone areas of Malawi, Pilira 1 variety of sorghum seeds will be distributed to smallholder farmers through the Malawi Government’s Farm Input Subsidy Program. The Pilira 1 is a medium duration variety with a maturity period of 110 to 115 days. It has a yield potential of 2-4 tons per ha. ICRISAT under the framework of Dryland Cereals had recently contributed 1,400 kg of basic seed of Pilira 1 variety of…

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The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (Dryland Cereals) is a partnership between two members of the CGIAR Consortium – ICRISAT (lead center), and ICARDA, along with a number of public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers globally.
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