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

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Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses

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.