Ohio State University
Sokoine University of Agriculture; Glorious (Women's group from Kinondoni District); Kitangari Tulinge Women Development Association (KITUWODEA); University of Zambia (Zambia)
J. Mark Erbaugh
Donald W. Larson
Improving the income and food security of small-scale sorghum and millet farmers in Zambia and Tanzania through the identification of new market opportunities and related constraints in the supply chain is the focus of this market development research for the Sorghum, Millet, and Other Grains CRSP. The productivity and profitability of sorghum and millet in these countries is low and so is the income of small farmers. Improving technology and linking producers to markets are important parts of the solution to the problem.
The research activities will focus on Tanzania and Zambia. These two countries are selected because sorghum and pearl millet are important food crops for low income households and new commercial markets for sorghum and millet have been identified that offer opportunities for small farmers to increase productivity and incomes. The proposed research is carried out in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania, and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Education, the University of Zambia (UNZA), Lusaka, Zambia, with whom we have had a successful collaboration with for the past two years. Research activities will be augmented by a strong capacity building and training program. Training programs will support the study of two M.S. students in agricultural economics at SUA, two senior projects at UNZA, and two M.S. students in agricultural economics
1. Facilitate the growth of the rapidly expanding markets for sorghum and millet; 2. Improve the food and nutritional quality of sorghum and pearl millet to enhance marketability and consumer health; 3. Increase the stability and yield level of sorghum and pearl millet through crop, soil and water management while maintaining or improving the natural resources of soil (land) and water; 4. Develop and disseminate information on management of biotic stresses in an integrated system to increase grain yield and quality in the field and in storage; 5. Enhance the stability and yield of sorghum and pearl millet through use of genetic technologies; 6. Enhance global sorghum and pearl millet genetic resources and the conservation of biodiversity; 7. Develop effective partnerships with national and international agencies engaged in the improvement of sorghum and pearl millet production and the betterment of people dependent on these crops for their livelihoods.