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Publication | 3 December 2020

Strengthening sorghum and millet value chains for food, nutritional and income security in arid and semi‑arid lands of Kenya and United Republic of Tanzania (SOMNI)

Global Food and Nutrition Security

Sorghum, finger millet and pearl millet are more resilient and better adapted to the challenges of climate change, low soil fertility and limited moisture levels of the arid and semi-arid (ASAL) regions. Despite their nutritional value, demand for these grains is limited because they are used for a narrow range of food and value-added products for household consumption and mass markets. If used in combination with dryland legumes (such as cowpea, pigeonpea and green gram), however, they can significantly contribute to enhancing household food and nutrition security.