April 27, 2022

Increasing Market Opportunity for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in West Africa

Many West African staple dishes depend on sorghum and millet as crucial ingredients. However, the methods to prepare these dishes are laborious and preparation-heavy. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet (SMIL) at Kansas State University, began a research project in 2013 to develop new products that are ready-to-prepare and fortified, easing the familial burden of meal preparation, which often falls to women.
May 26, 2022

Pairing U.S. and West African Institutions Leads to Accelerated Breeding Breakthroughs

Many West African staple dishes depend on sorghum and millet as crucial ingredients. However, the methods to prepare these dishes are laborious and preparation-heavy. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet (SMIL) at Kansas State University, began a research project in 2013 to develop new products that are ready-to-prepare and fortified, easing the familial burden of meal preparation, which often falls to women.
August 26, 2022

Improving Food and Feed Value of Sorghum Through Targeted Research and Technology

Sorghum is grown in vast quantities worldwide, but there is significant room for improvement regarding protein digestibility and nutritional value. This opportunity for growth is where the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet (SMIL) demonstrates progress.
October 26, 2022

Focus on Enabling Marker-Assisted Selection for Sorghum Disease Resistance in Senegal and Niger

As disease resistance continues to impact production around the world, diseases in sorghum are top of mind in Niger and Senegal. With limited access to treatment options and inputs, farmers in Africa remain susceptible to these devastating diseases. With the ability to apply markers at each breeding stage, sorghum breeders are studying marker-assisted selection for disease-resistant sorghum cultivars.
November 22, 2022

Genetic Enhancement of Sorghum to Promote Commercial Seed Supply and Grain Market Development

While Ethiopian sorghum has played a crucial role in sorghum traits globally, the crop needs a viable, sustainable commercial seed system for producer reliability and performance. A sustainable seed system provides greater consistency and reliability, allows for higher-quality production at a higher price and ultimately leverages the crop’s potential.
December 22, 2022

Conference Hosted in Senegal Focused on Addressing Water Accessibility

For the first time since its inception in 1992, the InterDrought Conference was held on the African continent in Dakar, Senegal. As drought continues affecting crop production worldwide, InterDrought landed on African soil to reflect on global drought perspectives for this year's conference series.