Finger Millet Breeding Gets A Boost In East Africa
Finger millet pre-breeding at Maseno University in western Kenya. Photo: Michael Major/Crop Trust
4 April 2023
A new three-year project holds promise to mainstream finger millet into the cropping system in Africa and improve the livelihood and nutrition security of smallholder farmers in Africa and worldwide. The project was launched last December and includes agricultural research organisations in Kenya and Tanzania.
BOLD (Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods, and Development) is a major 10-year project to strengthen food and nutrition security worldwide by supporting the conservation and use of crop diversity. The project works with national genebanks, pre-breeding and seed system partners globally. Funded by the government of Norway, BOLD is led by the Crop Trust in partnership with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the International Plant Treaty.