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


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U.S. government publication. CENTA = Centro Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria y Forestal, “Enrique Alvarez Cordova,” Laborotorio de Tecnologia de Alimentos.


The use of sorghum for human consumption to add value to the crop and increase its profitability, especially for small and medium producers, has contributed to food security and nutrition in El Salvador. CENTA is promoting the cultivation of sorghum as an alternative to food production in rural and urban areas. Since 2010 when wheat prices lower again, sorghum was no more an alternative to replace wheat in certain types of food, but is being used in more stable markets, as people allergic to gluten, people with diabetes and to correct nutritional deficiencies such as iron deficiency anemia because of its nutritional properties. The aim of this study was to contribute to the development of agribusiness in sorghum through the transfer of technology in processing and grain quality, grinding equipment for dry milling for micro-enterprises, producers etc.. And development of new food products using sorghum as a main ingredient.

Among the relevant results of the project, we can cite a number of 1062 trained producers, the development of at least 13 new food products, including fortified beverages, snacks, biscuits, ethnic beverages etc, which are already being marketed, the adoption of sorghum in nutrition programs to correct nutritional deficiencies and the acquisition and purchase of more than 15 artisan grinders distributed in rural and urban communities in the country, which are being used for different income generation activities.