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Dryland Cereals
Value for Money Proposition
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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals, Value for money


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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals, Value for money

  1. 1. CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future Dryland Cereals Value for Money Proposition Theory of change • • • • • • Increased and stable access to dryland cereals Behavioral Change Improved/diverse varieties grown Good agronomic practices used Increased produce marketed Quality seed produced and made available Advanced research technologies used Up-to-date data used in policy decisions • • • • • • • • • Reduced Rural Poverty Increased consumption and nutrition from dryland cereals Enhanced Environmental Sustainability Increased resilience to environmental variability Increased and more equitable income • • • • • • RESEARCH OUTCOMES Improved varieties Management packages Publicly available datasets and information Phenotyping protocols Trained people Improved infrastructure Seed production and delivery practices Post-harvest processing technologies Training modules = + Nutrition Enhanced Environmental Sustainability The high-iron pearl millet variety, ICTP 8203Fe, with 71 ppm of Fe density and 2.21 t/ha of grain yield, was released as Dhanshakti in Maharashtra, India, early this year. Fertilizer micro-dosing in finger millet was recommended to farmers in East and Southern Africa, based on the results that micro-dosing at a rate of 20 kg nitrogen per hectare, increases grain yields by 20-40%. Lessons Opportunities The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals contributes to the improvement of livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the dryland regions of Africa and Asia, through the development and deployment of solutions for crop improvement, crop management, post-harvest technologies and market access for dryland cereal crops, including barley, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum. IMPACT ON SLOs in TARGET COUNTRIES Income Capacity Change Location/enduse-specific varieties/hybrids Increased access to information Improved marketing skills Improved research efficiency Increased awareness of nutrition/health Better preparedness for climate change Research proposition DRYLAND CEREALS VALUE FOR MONEY Food Security Average grain yields of 33,000 farmers growing postrainy season sorghum in Maharashtra, India, increased by 40% and fodder yields by 20% since 2010. Net farm income increased by US$78 per hectare of sorghum grown. RESEARCH OUTPUTS Improved Nutrition & Health Improved Food Security Improved productivity of dryland cereal farming systems Results SPILL-OVER POTENTIAL to NON-TARGET COUNTRIES + Sorghum IMPACT on NEW and EMERGING END USES Feed & Fodder 1. The absence of good seed systems in the target regions is the most severe limitation to adoption of improved varieties. 2. Policy-induced constraints in seed exchange between countries (some, not all) limits research progress and the ability to test varieties under multiple environments. 1. New end uses including feed, health food, nutraceuticals, biofuel. 2. New genomic technologies + significant genetic diversity = significant and accelerated crop improvement opportunities Partners and stakeholders • Partner Involvement in Management and Oversight of CRP • Steering Committee membership • Research Management Team Membership • Flagship Project (Product Line) Coordinators >70 Programs in Africa & Asia Millets Barley 15 Advanced Research Institutes 20 NGOs, CSOs & Farmer Organizations 30 Private Sector Companies Health Food & Nutraceuticals Gender Objectives: (1) improving gender balance in accessing inputs and resources (2) crop improvement for increased whole-plant value and nutrition (3) increased benefit from new end uses and business opportunities Kouli Djibo, a millet producer in Falwel, Niger says: “Before, I could barely get 50 sheaves of millet. But thanks to the knowledge I acquired during field schools and testing trials, I am now able to harvest 100-120 millet sheaves per hectare.” LED BY Science with a human face Key contacts Shoba Sivasankar, Director Chanda Goodrich, Principal Scientist – Empower Women Satish Nagaraji, Communication Manager IN PARTNERSHIP WITH and public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide ( ( ( This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License October 2013