Sorghum Solutions

2
Feb

From seeds to markets, maize alternatives face challenges in Zimbabwe

    As drought hits maize production, sorghum, millet and other small grains could take over – if the path is cleared for them, experts say Read more>>  

19
Jan

Improved Sorghum Varieties for Better Livelihood

  Sorghum is considered as one of the potential crop to alleviate the challenges of recurrent drought in Ethiopia. Since the inception of sorghum research in Ethiopia considerable achievements have been obtained in developing early maturing and/or drought tolerant sorghum varieties and production managements practices nationally and regionally.   Read more >>  

13
Jan

Farmers scale up sorghum farming as brewers come calling

  As the cost of raw materials for producing beer brands get to an all time high, brewers are looking for cheap alternatives with some sorghum varieties being preferred. This has seen farmers across the country benefit as the brewers enter into a contract with the farmers to grow sorghum for them. The demand for sorghum in Kenya has shot

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13
Jan

Fodder sorghum doubles milk

  Farmers growing fodder sorghum can double livestock milk production than those stuck to low yielding and disease susceptible Napier grass. Besides doing well in low rainfall areas, sorghum is not attacked by diseases like stunt, which causes dwarfism, yellowing of the leaves, thinning of the stems and death of the stool after harvest. Read more >>  

7
Jan

Tanzania: Alarm As Major Crop Producing Regions Hit By Inadequate Rainfall

  Food production may be severely affected this year after half of the major cereal producing regions received below average rains last month just as forecasted by the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA). The 2014/15 Annual Agricultural Sample Survey report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) end of December last year outlined 14 regions as the major producers of

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5
Jan

Sorghum production in Africa

      Africa produces 20 million tonnes out the annual world sorghum production of over 60 million tonnes. Table 1 shows the major sorghum producing countries of Africa. Sorghum production takes place across the continent, with the northern African countries of Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso accounting for nearly 70% of Africa’s production. Read more >>  

2
Jan

First map of smallholder farms in the developing world

‘Smallholder and family farms are crucial to feeding the planet, and successful policies aimed at alleviating poverty, boosting food security and protecting biodiversity and natural resources depend on the inclusion and participation of small farmers. However, despite the recent spotlight on small farms and increasing consensus on their importance, detailed information on location and size of smallholder farms is virtually

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22
Dec

Sorghum for food for Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa will need to transform and intensify crop production to avoid over-reliance on imports and meet future food security needs, according to a new CIMMYT report. Read more >>  

20
Dec

Food security analysis: from local to global

  Given limited land and water resources available for crop production and population soon to exceed 9 billion, ensuring food security while protecting carbon-rich and biodiverse rainforests, wetlands, and grasslands depends on our ability to increase current crop yields on existing farmland through sustainable intensification. The Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas (GYGA) provides robust estimates of untapped crop

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14
Dec

Brewery Meets with Sorghum Farmers in Sierra Leone

    A team from The Netherlands including Paul Stanger, Director of Local Sourcing AMEE (African Middle East and Eastern Europe) Heineken International, and Dennis Jusu President of Sorghum farmers Association visited a SLARI demonstration farm and met with sorghum farmers in Kambia. Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) largely owned by Heineken International is working towards producing a 100 percent sorghum

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