Stories tagged: sorghum

Fodder for the Future: Enhancing Pastoralism in Ethiopia’s Lower Valley of the Omo

By Glen Engel-Cox on behalf of iDE.

“Now that we know how to do this, we will not let it out of our hands,” says Arra Merry, a traditional pastoralist in Ethiopia’s South Omo region. What has she learned how to do? Grow fodder (and the seeds for fodder) that enhances their ability to feed and fatten their livestock and earn an income in this extremely remote and poor location. In just a few years, Ara and her fodder-producing colleagues have enhanced their traditional way of life by learning how to use the Omo river to address drought through agricultural production. Continue reading

Improving Nutrition through Fortified Staple Crops

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a biotechnology company, has partnered with Africa Harvest to form the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) Project, an initiative that works to improve the nutritional value of sorghum to help address widespread malnutrition.

Pioneer donated initial technologies valued at $4.8 million to help with the project and additional funding has been provided by a grant to Africa Harvest from the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, with a budget of $18.6 million over five years.

Dupont’s technology also allows for the cultivation of sorghum with higher levels of vitamins A and E, micronutrients such as iron and zinc, and essential amino acids such as lysine, while also improving digestibility.

If successful, in the long term, the project could help improve the health of 300 million people in Africa.