Finger millet blast disease management: a key entry point for fighting malnutrition and poverty in East Africa
Lenne, J. M., Takan, J. P., Mgonja, M. A., Manyasa, E. O., Kaloki, P., Wanyera, N., Okwadi, J., Muthumeenakshi, S., Brown, A. E., Tamale, M. and Sreenivasaprasad, S.. (2007) Finger millet blast disease management: a key entry point for fighting malnutrition and poverty in East Africa. Outlook on Agriculture, Vol.36 (No.2). pp. 101-108. ISSN 0030-7270Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/000000007781159994
Finger millet is a staple, high-quality food, important to the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in East Africa. It has been neglected by major donors to agricultural research. This paper reports recent investment by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in several projects on blast disease that has not only led to successful promotion of sound blast management strategies to farmers, but has also fostered partnerships in an evolving finger millet innovation system in East Africa. A key entry point has been created to address other constraints to finger millet production and utilization, such as ineffective weed management, poor grain quality, inefficient seed systems and production-supply chain problems, notably through 'spill-in' and adaptation of relevant technologies developed elsewhere. Further donor investment in the finger millet sector is likely to make a significant contribution to fighting malnutrition and poverty in East Africa.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- ) > Warwick HRI (2004-2010)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Outlook on Agriculture|
|Publisher:||I P Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||June 2007|
|Number of Pages:||8|
|Page Range:||pp. 101-108|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||National Resources International, UK|
|Grant number:||R8030, R8445.|
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