Sorghum II

Lead Organization:

Rongo University

Community of Practice:

East & Southern Africa

Countries:

Kenya

Duration:

11/2014—11/2017

Overview:

This project uses sorghum as a catalyst for agroecological intensification through improving crop and livestock productivity for enhanced food and nutritional security among communities in Kenya and Uganda. The project will increase smallholder farmers’ access to improved sorghum varieties, develop resilient sorghum systems through legume integration, work with farmers to develop agronomic practices to improve sorghum productivity, promote alternative uses of sorghum, and build capacity amongst stakeholders for an enhanced sorghum value chain.  Creating sustainable seed sources for the sorghum varieties developed in previous phases is essential in order to reach a wider clientele. It will engage with farmers and local development organizations to research more agroecological intensification approaches to soil fertility management, such as integrating sorghum production with food legumes or farmers’ livestock production, micro-dosing of fertilizers, and diversifying sorghum uses to enhance household nutrition and spur additional market opportunities for the crop. Mentoring the next generation of scientists is also an important part of this project.