ABCIC recently signed an agreement with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) to coordinate the implementation of the regional project entitled “Evaluation of Striga resistant farmer preferred sorghum varieties in east and central Africa”
The proposed project involves systematically evaluation of the available Striga resistant sorghum lines developed through Marker Assisted Breeding for eventual integration into various farming systems of the semi-arid areas of ECA. The project implementation will take an adaptive approach, evaluating Striga resistant technologies and innovations that are stress-hardy, synergistic, customizable to fit local condition and resilient to unexpected variability, taking advantage of local knowledge and institutional comparative advantages. The eventual integration of Striga resistant improved varieties and management technologies to increase productivity and reduce risks in ways that are adaptive to dryland conditions, and institutional innovations that enhance market opportunities and facilitate access of information by farmers will create economic incentives that will lead to increased adoption of available technologies. This will improve household food and nutritional security and drive a transition into market-oriented sorghum production system in the ECA region.
The overall goal of the project is to enhance utilization of agro-biodiversity and biotechnology research and development innovations in east and central Africa. The increased productivity and incomes resulting from the deployment of these technologies will ultimately lead to improvement of sustainable livelihoods and competitiveness of agriculture in these areas.
Enhanced utilization of Striga resistance technologies to increase sorghum productivity in eastern and central Africa
The overall objective of this project is to integrate Striga resistant marker selected sorghum lines into the Striga prone cropping systems of semi-arid areas of Eastern and Central Africa inorder to enhance sorghum productivity. The specific objectives are:
- To evaluate the available BC3S3 sorghum lines for Striga resistance, stability and yield performance in Striga infested areas of ECA
- To conduct molecular assessment in order to validate the presence of the target QTLs in the sorghum lines evaluated in the field
- To characterize the nutritional and industrial technological properties of Striga resistant and drought tolerant varieties
- To increase the availability of superior Striga resistant sorghum lines for further trials
- To build the capacity of project partners in sorghum research and development
- To increase awareness and sensitize stakeholder on the availability and economic importance of Striga resistant technologies
The project is funded by ASARECA.