International Sorghum and Millet Collaborative Research Support Program (INTSORMIL CRSP)
Sorghum and Pearl Millet Seed Value Chains in Zambia: Opportunities and Challenges for Smallholder Farmers
Date of this Version
Presented at the Sorghum Food Enterprise and Technology Development in Southern Africa Workshop, in Lusaka, Zambia, December 6-9, 2010.
Sorghum and pearl millet rank second and third, respectively, as important staple cereals after maize.
-There are new market developments in the beer industry requiring farmers to increase productivity and production
-These markets can significantly affect access to improved seed, and thus increase decisions on utilization
-Even though market developments indicate great potential for the two crops, their supply has remained erratic
-There was need therefore to identify the constraining factors to steady supply of sorghum & millet grain through conducting a seed value chain
-Little is known about the existing seed acquisition channels, extent of utilization, how they function and how well they are positioned to enhance small-scale farmers’ access to improved seed
Determine farmer adoption of the improved seed, fertilizer use and yields for sorghum, maize, and millet crops since 1990
Identify key players, their functions, and value added at each stage of the chain
Identify factors that limit adoption of improved seed varieties
Determine strategies available to increase adoption and returns, and to reduce risk in the value chain.
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