Chinese high-yield millet to tackle hunger in Africa

14 March, 2011 by (comments)

A new hybrid variety of Chinese-bred millet has been doubling yields in Africa, following FAO-led pilot plantations in some countries, China’s state news agency, Xinhua reports.

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As a staple crop in many African countries, it is hoped this high-yield, drought-resistant millet, called ZHM, will help boost production. Thirty years in the making, ZHM has been well-received by several farmer communities in Africa.

Farmers in Ethiopia say the new variety from China also tastes better than their local staple grain, teff.

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