Handbook on business and entrepreneurship development for sorghum value chain

Ajeigbe, H A and Inuwa, A H and Barnabas, O and Alege, A (2019) Handbook on business and entrepreneurship development for sorghum value chain. Manual. ICRISAT.

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Research Program : West & Central Africa

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This Handbook is a deliberate and concerted efforts of the Sorghum Outreach component of program of Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program (ATASP-1) being implemented by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to disseminate vital information on business development and entrepreneurship for profitable Sorghum production and along its value chain. The Project is funded by Federal Government of Nigeria through Africa Development Bank. While International Institute for Tropical Agriculture is coordinating the Outreach program (which include cassava, rice and sorghum), ICRISAT is leading in the implementation of the sorghum outreach. ICRISAT is grateful to Chief Audu Ogbeh, Honorable Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as to Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President Africa Development Bank, who is also ICRISAT`s Ambassador of Goodwill. This manual would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of the National Program Coordinator ATASP-1, Mr. Haruna Akwashiki, the Outreach Project Coordinator, Dr. Gbassey Tarawali, National Outreach Officer, Mr Festus Izuakor, the ATASP-1 Zonal Project Coordinators and staff as well as the Technical Consultant Dr O. Oyebanji. We acknowledge the partnership of the Director and Staff, National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The authors wish to appreciate ICRISAT Management led by the Director-General, Dr David Bergvinson, and the West and Central Africa Regional Director, Dr Ramadjita Tabo for their continued support and encouragement. We also appreciate colleagues in the Sorghum Outreach namely; Dr. Ignatius Angarawai, Dr. Folorunsho Akinseye, Shuaibu Abubakar Ummah, Tukur Abdulazeez, and Yemisi Thompson for their immense support in compiling this manual.


Agriculture plays an important role in the livelihood of many Nigerian, contributing about 45 percent of the GDP, employing about two-third of the labour force and also contributes significantly to the agro-allied industries. Sorghum is an important cereal crop that is grown in all the northern and some parts of south western states of Nigeria. It plays a vital role in the diets and economies of people in Nigeria. The average per capita annual sorghum consumption in its major growing areas for morethan ten years is foot at 40kg. .Global prices for agricultural commodities have risen dramatically in recent years, making agriculture an attractive investment once again. Industrial demand for sorghum as substitute for wheat in the production of composite flour and high energy foods by flour mills and malting industries for beverages coupled with its micronutrient potential for Iron (Fe) and Zinc (Zn) as health food makes it a competitive crop.

Item Type: Monograph (Manual)
Divisions: Research Program : West & Central Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: business planning, small business entrepreneurs, Nigeria, sorghum, healthy food, food business, entrepreneurship, value chain, africa
Subjects: Others > Smart Foods
Others > Nigeria
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Africa
Others > Value Chains
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 05:36
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 06:04
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11250
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