New sorghum variety with 3 times higher iron content released in Nigeria

The release of two new nutritionally high sorghum varieties, one with three times higher iron content, will be a boost for farmers as well as the malnourished populations, especially children in Nigeria. Both varieties have yields that are double that of the local varieties and are also short duration, allowing farmers to adapt better to climate change. "Among the five varieties demonstrated, Improved Deko (12KNICSV-188) and Improved Zabuwa (12KNICSV-22) are the best. We are very happy with Improved Deko because…

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Call for Proposals: Dryland Cereals – U.S. University Linkage Grants 2015-16

The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (Dryland Cereals) is inviting proposals for the CGIAR-U.S. University Linkages Program. The grant will support collaborative research between U.S. universities (or USDA) and Dryland Cereals. This grant is part of the larger CGIAR-US University Linkage program supported by the USAID. The total grant amount available with Dryland Cereals for 2015-16 is limited. This call is intended for (i) continuation of the ongoing collaborations that needs support for completion and (ii) support new collaborative…

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Building a center for excellence for dryland cereals

Blog post by Ndiaga Cisse, Director, Regional Center for the improvement of Plant Adaptation to Drought, CERAAS Forty per cent of West Africa’s GDP is from agriculture, and seventy percent of its population depends on agriculture. Higher performance in agriculture is critical for many of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) countries. Strengthening strategic research capacities for scaling up, dissemination and adoption of agriculture technologies through regional and international research collaborations can help achieve these high-performance targets. In this…

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Performance of pearl millet germplasm accessions and hybrids capture interest in Niger

Pearl millet germplasm accessions selected on the basis of grain yield, country of origin, cropping cycle, resistance to downy mildew, head type and grain color were of great interest to partners at a recent field visit to the ICRISAT-Niger. “What we have seen in the field was impressive in terms of the performance and diversity of pearl millet germplasm accessions. Also, with our visit to the genebank we learnt a lot on seed processing and conservation for better use,” said…

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RUFORUM announces new call for applications for Dryland Cereals Scholarship

Apply by 30 March 2016 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is inviting proposals from interested candidates for the Dryland Cereals Scholarship Program. This RUFORUM track of Dryland Cereals Scholarship Program will support Doctoral Research work and Field Attachment awards for MSc and PhD students. The scholarship will support research that focuses on the issues that specifically affect barley, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum at any one point/s along the value chain from soil fertility…

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Finger millet can help address malnutrition

Finger millet can play a key role in fighting malnutrition and bringing down the numbers of malnourished children under five years of age. “Finger millet is high in calcium, zinc and iron. Hence it is good for children, young women and breast-feeding mothers. It possesses important amino acids, which help fight malnutrition and degenerative diseases,” said Dr Rhoda Nungo, Food Nutritionist, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) – Alupe Research Centre, Busia. She was speaking at a training program.…

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Strengthening seed supply chains in Kenya

Underdeveloped seed systems and poor accessibility to seeds has been blamed for the low adoption of improved varieties released over the years in eastern Africa. To counter this, close to 3,500 Kenyan farmers were provided seeds of improved varieties of sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet, groundnut and pigeonpea. To increase production of high quality seed and ensure that farmers, especially women and youth, have access to seed of improved varieties, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya, in partnership…

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Dr Siambi presenting the Smart Food initiative in Nairobi. Photo: ICRISAT

Partnering with the media for promoting sorghum and millets

To promote climate smart and nutritive crops like millets and sorghum, 60 science journalists from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda were invited for an interaction to learn about these ‘smart foods’. Dr Moses Siambi, Regional Director, ICRISAT Eastern and Southern Africa, briefed the journalists on ICRISAT’s Smart Food initiative. “It’s time to bring traditional foods back on the dining table,” he emphasized, urging the participants to join hands with ICRISAT to raise awareness and create demand for smart food in the…

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Sorghum agribusiness training for youth and women in Nigeria

At a two-day planning meeting for training youth and women on developing sorghum agribusinesses held at ICRISAT-Nigeria under the framework of Dryland Cereals, the States’ Agricultural Development Projects announced that a minimum of 100 groups would be trained per state in the coming weeks.The following five areas were identified for trainings:  Processing: Flour, bread, biscuits, cookies, etc. Products development and diversification: Food fortification, infant complementary feed, etc. Use and maintenance of small-scale equipment: Multi-purpose thresher, hammer mill with cyclone, triketor,…

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Need to strengthen post-rainy sorghum seed systems in India

At the 8th National Seed Congress, the Agri-Business Incubation (ABI) Program of ICRISAT Agribusiness and Innovation Platform had put up a stall showcasing ICRISAT success stories, technologies and improved cultivars of five mandate crops developed in partnership efforts led by ICRISAT. Dr Kumar representing the ABI of ICRISAT, dwelt on the achievements of the Innovative Seed Consortium and added that in order to sustain the seed consortium interventions varietal de-notification is the first step. He said a baseline survey reconfirmed…

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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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