Madagascar National Sorghum Team strengthens in-country partnerships

The Madagascar National Sorghum Team is strengthening in-country partnerships through networking with other major players in the country’s agriculture industry.

Team members recently toured sorghum test plots and met with representatives from FOFIFA Antisirabe, NCBA CLUSA, and community partners. Discussions included value chain development, training, locations for additional test plots, and seed distribution.

The team is excited to see how techniques and sorghum varieties developed in Ethiopia, West Africa and the USA perform in Madagascar.

The team is adopting a Pan Africa seed-sharing strategy to boost seed availability and the development of open-pollinated varieties in Madagascar. This enables the introduction of advanced varieties from across Africa that are likely to adapt well in Madagascar, enhancing grain and forage production.

A robust network of public and private partners is working on adaptation studies, seed multiplication, and product development. Six regional field sites have been designated for adaptation trials using seeds from Pan-African partners and U.S.-based companies.

The project is coordinated through the Global Collaboration on Sorghum and Millet at Kansas State University and funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

GCSM is also partnering with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut, headquartered at the University of Georgia. The organizations are collaborating on synergistic cropping systems and the development of the peanut value chain in Madagascar.

The project supports the President of Madagascar’s “Valirano 9,” a vision of food self-sufficiency for the country. The Malagasy Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MinAE), focused on relaunching climate-smart crops sorghum, millet, and peanuts as part of the overall strategy.