In the Central African Republic, Sorghum is a very important crop. This plant of the grass family is grown for grain, and it makes up a very vital part of the general sub-Saharan African diet. Most varieties are drought- and heat-tolerant, and are especially important in arid regions, where the grain is one of the staples for poor and rural people. It is used as a major source of food, which also provides considerable protein, used for livestock feed, and making African beer. Also, it is the “fifth-most important cereal crop grown in the world” according the the U.S. Grains Council.