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In the Bowls of Millions

Photo Gallery: Ethiopia & Sorghum

Sorghum is the world’s fifth most important cereal in terms of the land used to grow it and the volume produced.

Five Important African Crops - Cassava, Maize, Millet, Sorghum, and Yam

Sorghum is an especially important crop and diet staple in poor countries.

Roughly 90% of the World's Sorghum is Grown in Africa and Asia

Other grains are unsuitable in areas that get little rainfall, that are subject to drought or where irrigation is not possible. That’s where sorghum is a lifesaver.

Sorghum is Drought Resistant

Sorghum is widely grown both for food and as a feed grain.

Sorghum is Widely Used as Both Food and Grain

On his recent trip to Ethiopia, Bill learned about efforts to help poor farmers improve their crop yields. He attended a sorghum demonstration at the Melkassa Agricultural Research Station.

Sorghum Demonstration at Melkassa Agricultural Research Station

In Africa’s poorest regions, people still grind sorghum and other cereals by hand, much as their ancestors did.

Sorghum Ground by Hand

Here a girl shakes a tray of sorghum to prepare it for use in making Injera, a sort of pancake. Consumed in many ways, sorghum and millets are a major source of calories and protein for millions of people in Africa and Asia.

Sorghum - A Major Source of Calories

Malting and brewing sorghum produce lager and stout, often referred to as clear beer, as opposed to traditional African opaque beer. Clear beer has been brewed commercially in Africa since the late 1980s.

Sorghum Malted and Brewed

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