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SOUTHERN Sudanese women carry sacks of

sorghum distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Juba, Sudan. Sorghum may be used as part of a general household ration along with a pulse and oil. Sorghum is also provided in Food for Assets, Food for Work, Food for Training, Vulnerable Group Feeding and Food for Education programs.

commodities are enriched, blended or fortifi ed with micronutrients annually, comprising a minimum of 25 percent of the total tonnage of food aid commodities utilized for emergencies. The nutritional value of sorghum is not the only

thing Alavi and his team considered when picking this crop for the study. Both the drought-resistant and fungal-resistant qualities of sorghum made it a valuable choice. “While other crops might be fungal susceptible, sor-

ghum is not,” he said. “It is resistant. It is a great quality of sorghum, which made it very attractive to us.” As a preferred staple grain in the region surrounding

Tanzania, sorghum has been utilized as a major food ingredient for hundreds of years. “T ey like that taste,” he said. “It is a local crop. It

is used in Africa. T ey are familiar with it, and in the long run, the goal of any U.S. aid is to make the country self-sustainable. Eventually, they will have the resources needed for it to grow locally.” T e project, which began in 2012, is set to be com-

plete this coming summer. If everything goes as planned, Alavi said the fi nal portion, a feeding trial, will begin in late November to early January and will last fi ve months. Currently, the team is working with Project Con-

cern International and local health offi cials to screen 20,000 children ages six months to fi ve years to partici- pate in the trial. “T e screening process takes a lot of time as well as

people,” Alavi said. “We test them for diff erent nutritional status indicators, including health and weight and also Vitamin A and iron defi ciencies. Based on that, we will select 2,000 mildly-defi cient children to work with.” With assistance from U.S. sorghum farmers, the Sor-

ghum Checkoff and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commis- sion, Alavi said his team of researchers at KSU were able to get the initial data for this study, which in turn ensured USDA funding for the project. “Sorghum is not used as much for food as the po-

tential suggests, so one other reason we selected it is because we want to help sorghum farmers in the U.S. – all sorghum farmers,” he said. “If we fi nd applications for sorghum that are food oriented, then it will make it a high-value application. Farmers will get higher prices for it and it boils down to benefi ts for our farmers while also helping those in need.”




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