Pearl millet is a main staple cereal crop in the sahelian and soudanian zones of West Africa. Pearl millet-based production systems in these areas include livestock production, but with the increasing human pressures on land, livestock fodder resources have become increasingly limited. More needs to be done to improve crop-livestock integration in these production systems to enhance animal nutrition and performance while maintaining human food and nutritional security, and thereby maximizing the overall profits for farmers and agro-pastoralists.
Dual-purpose pearl millet varieties selected for grain and stover yield and nutritional quality in order to serve both human food and animal fodder is a key innovation to enable agro-ecological intensification of the pearl millet-based production systems via better crop-livestock integration, food and nutritional security of humans and animals, and value chain development for pearl millet stover and concomitant income generation opportunities for smallholder pearl millet farming families and agro-pastoralists in the West African region.
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.
Ousmane Sy Roger Zangré
Ahmad Issaka Mahamadi Ouedraogo
Moussa Sanogo Desalegn Serba
Kansas State University
Burkina Faso - Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Université de Ouagadougou
Mali - Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER), Université Privée d'Agriculture Agri'SUP Ségou
Niger - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN), Université Dan Dicko Dankoulodo de Maradi (UDDM)
Senegal - Centre d’Etudes Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA)
Burkina Faso - Ouahigouya, Ougadougou
Mali - Koutiala, Ségou
Niger - Aguié, Boboye, Kollo
Senegal - Bambey, Nioro du Rip
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN)
Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles du Senegal (ISRA)