January 13, 2022

New technology helps Ethiopian farmers increase sorghum yields

Farmers around the world can follow prescribed agronomic practices to a tee, but when they are up against nature, sometimes they need a step up from technology. The USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, SMIL, has discovered how to help Ethiopian farmers increase sorghum viability and yields.
March 1, 2022

New Chair of the Board of Directors for the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN) Named

Dr. Issoufou Kapran was recently appointed as chair of the Board of Directors for the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN). SMIL has enjoyed a collaborative partnership with INRAN for nearly a decade and congratulates Dr. Kapran on this new appointment.
March 8, 2022

SMIL Celebrates International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate the achievements of women all around the world. These can be historical, cultural, political or scientific achievements. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet (SMIL) is working toward a more equitable future for everyone, and women are an integral part of that process.
March 31, 2022

Seeball Technology Improves Sahelian Pearl Millet and Sorghum Farming

The Sahel region of Africa is one of the harshest cropping environments in the world. Sahelian farmers have limited resources, income and access to inputs such as fertilizer and water. This makes the region ideal to introduce new technology advancements to help smallholder farmers with planting techniques to increase the pearl millet crop yield rate. 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 do just that. The project, Seed Balls - Enhancing the Yield Effect in Pearl Millet and Sorghum and Disseminating the Technology in West Africa, has developed seed ball technology to increase yield by up to 40%, provide opportunities for entrepreneurs (especially women) and increase income for smallholder farmers.