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Sorghum Nutrition in Kenya – “Cultivating Hope”

October 2, 2019

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>>FLORENCE: I come from a family of ten. Many times we went hungry, we went undernourished.
We had one cow at home and my mother was determined to sell this cow and take me to school. 00:00:16.00, 00:00:20
>>FLORENCE: She always told me ‘you must come back and change the community where you
come from and help us’ 00:00:26.00, 00:00:36.50
>>FLORENCE: Africa Biofortified Sorghum project is a partnership between DuPont Pioneer and
Africa Harvest to improve sorghum. 00:00:37.00, 00:00:43.00
>>FLORENCE: Sorghum is an African indigenous crop, which is eaten by 300 million people
in Africa. 00:00:43.50, 00:00:51
>>JUDITH: In Kenya 30% of the children will be malnourished at any given time. 00:00:53.00, 00:00:58.80
>>JUDITH: Most mothers feed their children on sorghum flour porridge. 00:01:02.00, 00:01.14.00
>>JUDITH: The problem is that sorghum is deficient in many of the essential nutrients
that maintain human health. And they came to DuPont Pioneer to adapt what we know to
the African conditions. 00:01:15.00, 00:01:22.30
>>FLORENCE: They trained many, many African scientists. Training that they can actually
do in their own country and provide leadership. 00:01.26.00, 00:01:33.00
>>DOMINIC: This is exciting work which is being done in this field now. Our local people
will benefit from getting varieties which are more nutritious. 00:01.34.00, 00:01:42.00
>>MARC: We will have a variety of sorghum that will have improved iron and zinc levels.
We’ll be able to address vitamin A deficiency. 00:01.44.00, 00:01:54.00
>>FLORENCE: To me, hunger – malnutrition – is a person I know. The work we are doing
in Africa Biofortified Sorghum is truly a global contribution. We’re going to make
not only Africa but a global impact.

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