1. Naked Oats were first grown in Asia but as a cultivated crop did not appear in recorded history until long after wheat.
  2. The SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network provides a knowledge exchange platform for all development practitioners with links to the activities of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the area of Agriculture and Food Security. Membership is open to SDC staff and representatives...
  3. Sesame is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. It has been cultivated for some 4,000 years. India and China are the largest producers of Sesame. Other large producers include: Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Nicaragua....
  4. Finger Millet is probably of Indian or African origin. It is widely cultivated in tropical Asia and East Africa and on the rainy slopes of the Himalayas up to 2300 m elevation.
  5. Teff was domesticated in the relatively dry environment of Ethiopia between 4000-1000 B.C. as an annual grass that could be harvested for grain at maturity.
  6. Proso Millet was one of the earliest cultivated grains in the world in Central and Eastern Asia. The production of Proso Millet is declining and the crop is being replaced in the human diet by other cereals, especially rice, wheat and maize. However, it will continue to be an important staple in...
  7. Cultivation of corn was known in portions of Mexico and Central America in Pre-Columbian times. Corn use has spread to many other temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions of the globe where it is known as Maize. Among the cereal grains, Maize production worldwide is surpassed only by rice and...
  8. Grain Sorghum was first found growing in Ethiopia. It is now a staple grain crop for 300 million people in Africa, India, China and other areas of the tropics that are hot and dry. Grain Sorghum is the fourth most important cereal grain grown in the world especially in areas where the amount of...
  9. This variety of sorghum is distinguished by the sweet juice contained in the soft pith of the stalk. It was brought to the northern hemisphere by the slave trade from Africa. In temperate areas of the world it is grown as an annual and is susceptible to frost. In tropical locations, a second...
  10. Frank Kutka in Montana, USA (who is helping the developer to promote the corn) brought this seed to ECHO’s attention. Frank wrote, "Corn breeder Dave Christensen has developed a corn that will grow quite far north in the USA (Montana). We wondered if some of the traits bred into 'Painted...