Barley, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum, the four dryland cereal crops are highly resilient, climate-hardy, micronutrient-dense. They are are the mainstay of agricultural systems in the dryland regions of Africa and Asia, where they are primarily used for food, feed and fodder.

Food and feed security tend to be the priorities for dryland cereal crop cultivation by the poor, especially in Africa. But once household food and fodder needs have been met, surplus production can play an important role in increasing income. Dryland Cereals views these crops as both food security bulwarks, and as entry points enabling the poor to start benefiting from inclusive market-oriented development.

The dryland poor rely on sorghum (33.6 million hectares across our target countries), pearl millet (32.3 million hectares), barley (14.5 million hectares) and finger millet (unrelated to pearl millet; 0.9 million hectares) for their daily sustenance.

Learn more about these crops and how we’re making a difference.

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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.fake watches
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