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Farmers attend a sorghum field day in Kiboko, Kenya, conducted for the Sorghum for Multiple Uses (SMU) value chains in Kenya and
Tanzania project. Photo: ICRISAT, file photo
NEW PROJECT BRINGS HOPE TO FARMERS WAITING TO BUILD ON PREVIOUS SUCCESSFUL VALUE CHAIN INITIATIVES
To strengthen sorghum, finger millet and pearl millet value chains in East Africa, a new project was launched. The four-year program will target resource-constrained smallholder farmers and agropastoralists in Kenya and Tanzania and will build on the successes of earlier projects. At the launch, farmers, especially women, spoke of their entrepreneurial achievements through the previous projects and their expectations of the new project. (See box)
The project – Strengthening sorghum and millet value chains for food, nutritional and income security in arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya and Tanzania (SOMNI) – will build on the work accomplished by previous projects, particularly Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) 1 and Sorghum for Multiple Uses (SMU). It will upscale the deployment of production technologies and development of value-added products of sorghum, millets and suitable dryland legumes for household and commercial uses.
The project will specifically focus on:
- Improving productivity of sorghum, finger millet and pearl millet and increasing their capacity to adapt to environmental variability in smallholder farming systems in Tanzania and Kenya;
- Increasing access to sorghum and millet food, feed and fodder by the poor, especially rural women and children;
- Increasing consumption of nutritious dryland cereals by the poor, especially among nutritionally vulnerable women; and
- Increasing income from marketing dryland cereal grain, fodder and products by low-income value chain actors, especially smallholder women farmers.
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