Reducing Rural Poverty

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The dryland cereals make an important contribution to rural economies in the developing world. Taken together, the farm gate value of sorghum, pearl millet, barley and finger millet in Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs) is US$ 27.3 billion, which exceeds maize ($21 billion) and is similar to wheat. This money represents investment by the marketplace in the rural areas and agro-enterprises that produce and market these crops. This contribution will continue to grow strongly; IFPRI’s IMPACT model estimates that the aggregate demand for these crops will surge during 2000-2020 in LIFDCs – sorghum by 48%, barley by 44% and pearl millet by 39%.

Demand is rising largely because of three drivers:

  • Population growth in dryland areas – grain consumed by humans accounts for about 40% of total crop farm-gate value;
  • Growing demand for dryland feed and fodder to service strongly-growing demand for meat and dairy products in urban areas and worldwide, accounting for about 50% of total crop farm-gate value; and
  • Growing interest in the use of dryland crops for specialty products and industrial uses such as malting and convenience foods (about 10% of total crop farm-gate value).

Dryland Cereals projects that its innovations will increase production by at least 16% over ten years, worth $2.7 billion. These food, feed and financial benefits will flow to about 34 million people who live and work on 5.8 million smallholder farms in the developing world.
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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