High-potential barley for Eritrea

February 12, 2012 at 7:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New high-yielding barley varieties will improve harvests and food security in Eritrea

Collaborative research in Eritrea is helping to develop new high-potential barley varieties that can provide larger and more stable harvests.  A farmer-participatory barley breeding program is being implemented in four districts in Eritrea, jointly by the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), ICARDA and farming communities. The program has led to the release of three new barley varieties – Tekondae, Rahwa (both ‘white’ barley types) and Shishay (‘black’ barley for animal feed). Several other high-yielding crosses have been made, at ICARDA headquarters in Syria, between hardy local Eritrean varieties and improved high-yielding genotypes. These crosses are now being tested in four villages, jointly by farmers and researchers.

This work is part of a CGIAR project, Improving water productivity of cereals and food legumes in the Atbara Basin of Eritrea.

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