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Kansas Scientists Hope To Relieve Hunger Worldwide, While Helping State Farmers

March 19, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Kansas State University grain science professor Sajid Alavi and his team of five scientists are looking for ways to better use the 21 million acres of Kansas row crops – corn, soybeans, wheat, and sorghum – to feed malnourished children overseas and give Kansas agriculture an economic boost. Funded by the USDA, the researchers have taken their fortified food project to Tanzania to benefit local children by growing more sustainable crops. The team’s ready-to-eat fortified dry foods and meals give malnourished children more calories and nutrients. However, the researchers want to create a new formula using sorghum that not only feeds more children, but also benefits Kansas farmers. Sorghum is easily grown in Kansas, needs less water, insecticides and herbicides, and has a high caloric value.[Image Credit: © Vijaya narasimha from PIxabay]
Olivia Bergmeier, "Sorghum grain provides answer for food shortages, K-State researchers say", The Collegian (KSU), March 19, 2019, © Collegian Media Group
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