Ndjido Kane Ghislain Kanfany
Nani Dramé Kassari Issoufou
Desalegn Serba Safietou Fall
Colorado State University
Kansas State University
Niger - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN)
Senegal - Centre d’Etudes Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Université de Thiès
Drought, disease, and insects are key constraints for millet production in West Africa. There is a recognized need for rapid advancement in the development of varieties addressing these constraints and taking into consideration farmer’s practices and market acceptability. This project aims to accelerate the development of a combination of pearl millet (PM) innovations to put into farmers’ hands that at finite will result in sustainable productivity enhancement of PM for food security and income generation.
The GENMIL project is modernizing INRAN and ISRA breeding program to deliver high-yielding pearl millet cultivars that tolerate drought, Striga and downy mildew in Niger and Senegal. Researchers are assisting with production with adapted and resilient farmers’ practices and crop management strategies and co-developing and up-scaling selected options of integrated genetic, natural resource management context to improve pearl millet production.
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 Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles du Senegal (ISRA)