Science and partnership take the punch out of finger millet blast. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: R8030: Finger millet blast in East Africa: Pathogen diversity and disease management strategies and R8445: Promotion of improved finger millet.

Farmers in East Africa are safeguarding their food security and nutrition thanks to new understanding of finger millet blast: its diversity, aggressiveness and epidemiology. Farmer-selected blast-resistant varieties and improved control techniques are being promoted through scientific conferences, stakeholder workshops, on-farm testing and training, and the mass media. Previously, the lack of linkages between grain processors and other stakeholders was a major barrier to realizing the enormous potential of finger millet in fighting malnutrition and poverty. Now, efforts to foster innovation and linkages along the finger millet production-supply chain are creating an effective pathway for improving finger millet production and use.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (15 pp.) taken from the CD.


CPP13, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 28.

Published 1 January 2007