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

Abstract

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.

Citation

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.

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