Sorghum is a traditionally important crop in Zimbabwe that can be grown in marginal areas where maize my not thrive. Sorghum is more nutritious than maize and is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It contains dietary fibre and has higher protein, calcium and iron content.
In Zimbabwe sorghum is an important cereal crop ranked second after maize. It is indigenous to Africa and is adapted to Africa’s climate. It is drought resistant and able to withstand periods of water- logging. It is one of the few viable food grain for most food insecure areas and can be produced successfully in low rainfall areas in Zimbabwe including natural region IV which receives 450-650 mm of rainfall annually.
Production of the main staple maize continues to dominate in these semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe where sorghum production would be more appropriate. This makes it pertinent that sorghum production is actively promoted in such marginal areas, especially given the adversities presented by climate change. However, growing sorghum is not without its challenges as many farmers do not have guides on how it is done. To address this challenge, the LFSP’s APN component has designed a sorghum guide especially for demonstration farmers and extension workers to use.
Access the sorghum production training manual, here.