Bonnie Pendleton Lal Almas
Ndiaga Cisse Daniel Fonceka
Abdou Hamé Aissata Mamadou
Gary Peterson Ibrahima Sarr
Mark Stelter Soumana Souley
West Texas A&M University
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Kansas State University
Niger - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN)
Senegal - Centre d’Etudes Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Université de Thiès
Production and storage of quality grain in West Africa are constrained by abiotic stresses including drought and biotic stresses including insects (sorghum midge, storage beetles and moths) and diseases (grain mold/weathering). The sorghum midge is the most damaging insect pest of sorghum worldwide and can destroy 100% of developing kernels. Grain mold/weathering and storage beetles and moths are serious problems for grain in most production regions. Beetles and moths destroy as much as 40% of stored grain and often require insecticidal treatment.
This multi-disciplinary research project includes entomology, breeding, and agricultural economics to develop, evaluate, and deploy sorghum genotypes resistant to abiotic and biotic stresses and adapted to indigenous production and storage systems in West Africa. An integrated approach increases agricultural productivity and economic growth, with attention to human nutrition, environmental conservation, development of host-country capacity, and gender equity.
This project and research was funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, known as the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab (SMIL). This lab is funded by USAID and managed at Kansas State University.
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN)
Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles du Senegal (ISRA)