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Institute launches sorghum, millet productivity enhancement project

Published on May 13, 2016

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) launched yesterday the second dry-land cereals improvement project called Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement in Sorghum and Millets in Africa (HOPE Phase Two) aimed at improving productivity of sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet.

According to a press release the Institute sent to the Ethiopian Herald, the project, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, helps farmers cope with the effects of drought and reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition in six sub-Saharan Africa countries namely Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The project would work towards promoting Sorghum and Millets which are the most inherently drought tolerant of all major staples giving the severity of intermittent drought in most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa especially in eastern and southern Africa the past three years, it stated.

Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald