How ABS Project Models Creative Partnerships
Africa's size and diversity necessitates science and technology partnerships to resolve its myriad challenges. The Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) Project is now recognized as a model of creative partnerships, bringing together public/private, South/South and North/South partnerships.

"We are a continent of 54 nations and about 800 million people," says Project Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Florence Wambugu. "As such, Africa is a melting pot of different cultures, languages, races, political ideologies, and ecological zones. For example, the four major official languages in Africa are English, French, Portuguese and Arabic".

"There is no one-size-fits-all solution to African problems," says Dr. Wambugu. "Each issue must be understood in the context of the relevant culture. Hence, there was a need to create the enabling environment for the development and use of ABS in Africa".

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Why Sorghum
In terms of tonnage, sorghum is Africa\'s second most important cereal. The continent produces about 20 million tonnes of sorghum per annum, about one-third of the world crop.

However, these figures do not do justice to the importance of sorghum in Africa. It is the only viable food grain for many of the world\'s most food insecure people, and what\'s more sorghum is uniquely adapted to Africa\'s climate, being both drought resistant and able to withstand periods of water-logging.

Much of the African continent is c...
ABS Project: Technology Development
The goal of the research-based technology component of the ABS project is to develop a transgenic sorghum that contains increased levels of essential nutrients, especially lysine, Vitamin A, iron and zinc. The nutrition-enhanced sorghum will be used by the product development team for introgression of the nutritional traits into high-yielding, African and farmer-preferred varieties.

The ABS Project technology development group brings has seen close collaborations between Dupont Pioneer (Principal technology donor), the Council fo...
 
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