The semi arid tropics are in the process of developing foundation seed from a variety of sorghum crops with a view of supporting the continued cultivation of small grains, following the advent of climate change which has left many regions of the world food insecure.
The need for the semi arid tropics to increase the cultivation of small grains is an attempt to improve food security and the SADC facility for crop research, the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), is working on the project with a view of coming up with high yielding sorghum varieties to support not only the region but other affected regions as well.
Head of ICRISAT Dr Kizoto Mazvimavi told ZBC News that there is good progress in research with advanced sorghum variety tests for some open pollinated varieties to assess genetic viabilities.
A research officer at the institution Mr Brighton Gapare says they have made progress in the groundnuts research with Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe producing high grade aflatoxin-free groundnuts that meet the market specifications in the world market.
Areas such as Gokwe South, Mount Darwin, and Makoni have established themselves as prime groundnuts growing areas.