The project approach

The ICRISAT-HOPE project takes an integrated value-chain approach by linking market “pull” to appropriate technologies, thereby stimulating the production of sorghum and millets in selected target locations that are representative of major sorghum and millet production zones in West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa and South Asia.

By integrating the actors across and within the input-supply, production, sale/storage, and marketing stages of the value chain in these locations, the project seeks to capture synergies and reduce transaction costs, resulting in large increases in yield, production, profitability and competitiveness for dryland cereal crops.

The combination of improved technologies (crop varieties and management) with institutional innovations that increase market access and demand will drive adoption and increase production of sorghum and millets in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This will improve household food and nutritional security and facilitate the transition to market-oriented and viable sorghum and millet economies that will enhance the livelihoods of the poor.

The project seeks to examine this hypothesis by comparing villages that have been reached by project interventions with those that have had conventional development assistance only. If the weight of scientific evidence gathered confirms this hypothesis, it will fundamentally change the way that dryland agricultural development assistance is typically provided in these impoverished regions.
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