International Sorghum and Millet Collaborative Research Support Program (INTSORMIL CRSP)

 

Date of this Version

9-2012

Document Type

Article

Citation

USAID, INTSORMIL, ASARECA, September 2012.

Comments

U.S. government publication.

Abstract

Priorities in Sorghum Research and Development Cross-Cutting Elements

All priorities should be cognizant and address:

Gender responsiveness

User friendliness in sharing knowledge and information

Sustainable growth

Capacity building

Collaboration with public and private partners especially NARS, and regional and international organizations

Production

Integrated soil and water management in response to climate change

Integrated pest management

Cropping systems

Mechanization to alleviate drudgery

Breeding/Genetics

Breeding high yielding sorghum cultivars with enhanced ecological adaptation (drought tolerance and Striga resistance and diseases and pests) and superior grain quality

Development, release and distribution of enhanced sorghum germplasm materials with desired end-use quality attributes (malt, biofuel, animal feed, etc.)

Markets

Promote linkages between value chain actors

Identify and develop new products for local, regional and other international markets, promote markets for existing products and alternative uses, improve product appeal to consumers and farmers’ knowledge on post-harvest operations and capitalize on health benefits of sorghum and millet products over others

Promote regional integration and exchange of commodities to link deficit and surplus areas/regions, harmonize and domesticate the ratified protocol(s) and use CGIAR as spring to spearhead market changes

TOT

Research, extension, farmers and users linkage - Linking all stakeholders along the value chain

Best approaches for technology transfer

Factors affecting adoption of new sorghum technologies

Quality seed production and delivery

Increasing the availability of technologies (seed, fertilizer)

Information on new technologies available to farmers

Processing & Utilization

Harvesting & post-harvest management for quality grain

Public-private partnerships for product and process

Development and diversification for increased sorghum and millet utilization