Orphan Crops: Growing Success for Small Farmers

Orphan crops, often overlooked in modern agriculture, hold immense potential to support small farmers. These resilient plants are adapted to local conditions, require fewer inputs, and provide nutritional and economic benefits.


Sorghum is drought-resistant and thrives in arid regions, offering a reliable food source and income for farmers in challenging climates.


Millet grows well in poor soils with minimal water, making it a staple for farmers in dry areas. It's rich in nutrients, providing essential food security.


Teff is a versatile, tiny grain from Ethiopia that adapts to diverse environments. Its high nutritional value supports both health and local economies.


Amaranth is a hardy crop that can grow in poor soils and withstand harsh conditions. It provides high-protein grains and leafy greens for nutrition and income.


Fonio matures quickly and thrives in poor soils. It’s a nutritious grain that supports food security and generates income in West African communities.


Taro is a root crop that flourishes in wet, tropical climates. It's a vital food source and economic crop for farmers in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.


Cowpea is highly adaptable and fixes nitrogen in the soil, improving fertility. It's a crucial protein source for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Bambara Groundnut

Bambara groundnut grows well in sandy soils and low-rainfall areas, offering resilience and nutritional value to smallholder farmers in Africa.


Quinoa, originally from the Andes, thrives in high altitudes and poor soils. It's a nutrient-dense crop that boosts food security and farmer incomes.


Enset, also known as the false banana, is a staple in Ethiopia. It’s resilient to climate change and provides food and materials for rural communities.

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