Value Chains for Sorghum and Millets in Eastern and Southern Africa: Priorities for the CGIAR research program for Dryland Cereals, Series Paper Number 42

Orr, A and Gierend, A and Choudhary, D (2017) Value Chains for Sorghum and Millets in Eastern and Southern Africa: Priorities for the CGIAR research program for Dryland Cereals, Series Paper Number 42. [Socioeconomics Discussion Paper Series]

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A clearer understanding of commercial utilization of sorghum and millets is required so that the priorities for crop improvement can be based on market demand. This report was prepared to help the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals set research priorities for ESA. It complements an earlier report in the same series (No. 35) that identified research priorities based on household consumption of sorghum and millet grain (Gierend and Orr, 2015). This report extends the analysis to identify research priorities among the value chains for animal feed, flour, and beer. Utilization was analysed with specific reference to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, for which information on these value chains was readily available. Unless otherwise stated, estimates of current and potential utilization in this report refer to the total for these four countries. The evidence is based on both secondary and primary data. For evidence on utilization at national level, we used national statistics on the production of animal feed, flour, and beer. Where this was not available, utilization was estimated from secondary studies of individual value chains. Interviews with value chain actors (including flour processors, brewers, and feed companies) provided information on quality standards, pricing, and constraints to the utilization of sorghum and millets. Primary data from 18 household surveys conducted by ICRISAT and research partners was used to estimate the commercialization of sorghum and millets at the household level.

Item Type: Socioeconomics Discussion Paper Series
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sorghum; millets; value chains; Sub-Saharan Africa; Dryland Cereals
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Others > Drylands Agriculture
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Southern Africa
Others > East Africa
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 08:22
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 10:30
Acknowledgement: We are grateful to the CGIAR research program for Dryland Cereals which provided funding for this study. Much of the information contained in this report was generated by the Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We thank David Appiah-Kubi, Patrick Audi, Cathy Mwema, Ben Munyua, and Taku Tsusaka for providing data on sorghum and millet sales from household surveys, and to Millicent Olunga for cleaning and analysing the data on sales from the ASARECA surveys. For information on the feed industry in Kenya we thank Unga Farm Care Limited, Jubilee Feeds Industries and Nguku Products Limited, and Nehemiah Mburu Taylor of Africa Harvest for facilitating interviews. The authors are solely responsible for the views expressed in this report and for any remaining errors and omissions.
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