Sorghum is a highly reliable crop that grows well in hot, dry environments. It is “climate change-ready”, and provides food security and income for millions of poor farmers living in such locations.
Over half a billion people rely on sorghum as a dietary mainstay and, given its diversity of uses, as an important source of income. The grain is used mainly for food, prepared in the form of flat breads and porridges of different kinds. Sorghum stover is a vital source of fodder for livestock. Sorghum is also used for a wide range of industrial purposes, including the production of sweet syrups, as a source of starch for fermentation, and for producing biofuel.