Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) of Sorghum and Millets in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Published on 1 September 2010

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Start Date: 15 July 2009 | End Date: 30 June 2013


This Project seeks to take an integrated value-chain approach that harnesses market “pull” linked to increased production potential from technologies to stimulate the production of sorghum and millets in selected target areas representative of major sorghum and millet production zones. By integrating various actors across and within the input-supply, production, sale/storage, and marketing stages of the value chain in these locations, the project is capturing synergies and reducing transaction costs, resulting in large increases in yield, production, profitability and competitiveness for dryland cereal crops.Project activities are enabling and driving changes for the participants in the value chain. Focusing in carefully-selected target areas that provide a large opportunity to alleviate food insecurity and poverty in West/Central Africa, Eastern/Southern Africa and South Asia, this project is aiming at discovering, developing and delivering improved technologies for producing three major dryland cereal crops: sorghum, pearl millet, and finger millet. Organizations providing seed, fertilizer, credit, and know-how are being interlinked with producers, buyers, and marketers so that increased production is enabled by essential inputs, and driven by market demand. Synergies between improved crop varieties and fertilizer, farmer participation, and gender equity are receiving particular emphasis in the project implementation stage. In its first 4 years, the project aims to increase farmer yields by 30% or more, benefiting 110,000 households in sub-Saharan Africa and 90,000 in South Asia through increased food security and incomes. Within ten years the project is aiming at benefitting 1.1 million households in sub-Saharan Africa and 1.0 million in South Asia.

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