Breeding

ICRISAT and local seed companies to build a seed industry for supply of high performing hybrids to small holder farmers

Demand for sorghum and pearl millet as major food, feed and fodder crop continues to increase globally.  However, in the last 50 years, these grains have largely been abandoned in favor of the more popular maize, wheat, rice and soya beans. This is because of unavailability of improved and adaptable cultivars(a plant variety produced in...

Consumers feed strong appetite for traditional grains

Deep in Makueni County’s Kiboko Crops Research Station, bird chasers whistle and run after destructive quelea birds that are ever eager to devour sorghums and millets. Kiboko is Kenya’s top research facility for arid and rangeland crops. Different varieties of sorghum, millet and pigeon peas being bred by researchers have been planted in neat rows...

Common Bean: the industrial and nutritional solution

A scientist at Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is pushing for the adoption of common beans for industrial and nutritional value. Dr. James Asibuo says lessons from Ghana’s neighbours suggest the crop can boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product as well as address iron and zinc deficiency in diets....

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