Finger millet is an important crop in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. Its nutritive properties, wide adaptability, tolerance to adverse weather effects, and excellent storability make it ideal for food security and poverty alleviation. Finger millet yields in the region are generally low due to the following constraints: labor intensity, low soil fertility, low yielding varieties, unreliable weather, high input prices, and disease. The aim of the present study is to engage non-governmental and community-based organizations with farmer networks in new project areas to help scale benefits gained from the previous project phases and to contribute to sustainable increased finger millet productivity and production, food and nutrition security, and improved livelihoods. The project will enable the research team to interact more collaboratively with farmers and grassroots development organizations to test additional soil fertility and crop management strategies, as well as, to determine how different finger millet production options are suited to varied socio-ecological contexts. The team will focus on developing more farmer-participatory and agroecologically-oriented production strategies such as: integrating finger millet with legumes for soil and pest management benefits and micro-dosing using organic and inorganic fertilizer mixtures. Throughout the project, the team will engage with farmers’ knowledge, capabilities, and perceptions of the technologies to inform their work. The team will also focus on contextualized scaling using the farmer research network approach.
Integrating finger millet with legumes for soil and pest management benefitsMicro-dosing using organic and inorganic fertilizer mixtures, while taking farmers’ knowledge, capabilities, and perceptions of the technologies into account