Brewery industry-led seed sector development for sorghum in Tanzania

Kalema, E P and Kimbi, T and Akpo, E and Kongola, E and Alex, G and Nzunda, J and Okori, P and Ojiewo, C (2022) Brewery industry-led seed sector development for sorghum in Tanzania. Working Paper. ICRISAT, Patancheru 502324, Telangana, India.

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Research Program : East & Southern Africa

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The authors thank ICRISAT for facilitating, funding and supporting this research. We also thank the Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture for supporting us with information, the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) Naliendele for administrative support and work implementation during the study period, as well as Hombolo and Ilonga research centers for their logistical and knowledge support. We recognize the assistance provided by Government officials from various Ministries and the cooperation of officials in all the districts in which data was collected. Lastly, we wish to thank the farmers who provided us with valuable information to facilitate this study.


The use of sorghum improved variety seeds has been low among sorghum farmers in Tanzania. Due to this, stakeholders such as brewing companies have launched various initiatives to expand the use of improved sorghum seeds. In general, this study was undertaken to assess the contribution of brewing industry to the sorghum value chain in Tanzania. Specifically, this study aims to determine the extent of use of sorghum in brewing (by quantifying the amount of sorghum grain sold to brewing companies and grain off-takers), identifying stakeholders in the value chain, and the impact of the brewing industry on use of improved seeds by smallholder farmers. The study was conducted in 11 districts in 6 regions of Tanzania covering sorghum farmers, grain off-takers, brewing companies, extension officers, and seed producers. Purposive and simple random sampling was used to select respondents: 591 individual farmers, 160 farmers from 16 focus groups, 15grain off-takers, 14 extension officers, 4 Quality Declared Seed (QDS) producers, and 2 brewing companies. Data was then analyzed using descriptive analysis statistics, Probit Regression, and cost-benefit analysis.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sorghum, Tanzania, Seed Sector
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh MNR
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2022 05:57
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2022 12:55
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