08.12.2017

People appreciate the taste, the colour and the overall quality of the flour obtained from their grains. Farmers have witnessed higher yields with the new varieties, especially after the 2016 El Niño event that caused rains to stop earlier. Only those who used improved seeds managed to have a decent harvest, whereas local varieties failed almost completely. Having recently increased their cereals production, farmers feel more food secure. They reported a longer period during which they had enough food at home. Many households even managed to sell surplus production.

Thanks to the awareness creating activities, sorghum has seen a surge in popularity, and the revived interest is promoting household diet diversification. Having become aware of the new varieties, many people from other villages have visited the seed bank to request seeds, and those unable to pay have managed to exchange grains for seeds. Butana and Ashana grains have started to appear in nearby markets, although in small quantities given the limited supply.