January 8, 2022

Expanding Markets for Sorghum and Millet Farmers in West Africa through Strengthening of Women and Youth Processors and Nutrition-based Promotion of Products

The focus of this project is on resilience of the Hub Food Innovation Centers as convergence points for product innovation and drivers of economic and nutritional impacts for Niger and Senegal. Hub Food Innovation Centers are being strengthened to better engage with entrepreneurs, improve their effectiveness as product development centers, and bolster their sustainability.
January 10, 2022

Seedballs – Enhancing the Yield Effect in Pearl Millet and Sorghum and Disseminating the Technology in West Africa

Home to one of the harshest cropping environments in the world, the Sahel region of Africa hosts poor, sandy soils, low and erratic rainfall, and excessive soil surface temperatures. Sahelian farmers also often have limited space for cropping, very low incomes and restricted access to inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides. This combination of limitations makes it difficult for farmers to subsist on their cropping operations or produce enough to sell their crops for income.
January 11, 2022

Genetic Improvement of Sorghum for Resistance to Fungal Pathogens

Anthracnose is a widespread disease caused by a fungus that can have devastating effects on sorghum production. It occurs in numerous locations around the world, and is especially prevalent in areas of high humidity, including many regions in Africa and the southern United States. Smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and other regions often experience limited access to inputs and fungicide treatment options, leaving them especially vulnerable to anthracnose.
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.
July 28, 2022

SMIL Works to Meet Sorghum Challenges in West Africa with a Genomics-Enabled Breeding Network

Sorghum improvement has been a challenge in West Africa. Many programs work to meet the needs of local communities but have limited funds, staff and infrastructure. Those combined factors are what led to the beginning of the improved Sorghum Adaptation in West Africa with a Genomics-Enabled Breeding Network (SAWAGEN).
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.
September 27, 2022

Advancing Improved Functionality and Protein Quality Sorghum Hybrids for Food Applications

The functionality of sorghum in commercial grain-based food products through the development of highly digestible (IHD) sorghum lines has been evaluated and developed through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet (SMIL) global research program for the last seven years.