Tesfaye Tesso Getachew Ayana
Eyasu Abraha Scott Bean
Ketema Belete Bedru Beshir
Solomon Derese Gebisa Ejeta
Temam Hussein Adane Legase
Tesfaye Mengiste Geoffrey Morris
Tafere Mulualem Yohannes Nugusu
Ramasamy Perumal Amare Seyoum
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Kansas State University - Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center in Hays
Ethiopia - Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Melkassa Agricultural Research Center, Pawe Agricultural Research Center, Sirinka Research Center, Tigray Agricultural Research Institute, Haramaya University
Sorghum is among the most important crops cultivated in Ethiopia with most of the acreages located in parts of the country prone to high temperature, frequent drought and infertile soils. The crop is grown by poor smallholder farmers whose limited harvest barely feed them year round, and food and nutritional insecurity are common occurrences. The diets of these people are predominately cereal-based with limited opportunities for supplementation with legumes or animal sources. Dietary constraints are, therefore, very severe in these communities.
In this project, a multidisciplinary team of scientists from main sorghum research institutions in Ethiopia, the USDA-ARS and U.S. land grant universities work together to exploit the wide genetic resources for high yield potential, environmental stress tolerance and improved nutritional quality available among Ethiopian sorghum germplasm. New and existing knowledge and tools on breeding and genetics, physiology and grain chemistry of sorghum is being deployed. This project has the capacity to develop sorghum varieties and hybrids with high yields, rich in digestible proteins and essential micronutrients.
This project and research was funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, known as the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab (SMIL). This lab is funded by USAID and managed at Kansas State University.
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)