Investing in the future.

Management Team

The Global Collaboration for Sorghum and Millet (GCSM) at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S., will contribute technologies and knowledge toward the adaptation, resilience and improved profitability of sorghum- and millet-based production systems and value chains to make sorghum and pearl millet sustainable crops of the future.

GCSM supports research and development across the value chain from the production level by smallholder farmers and mechanized operations to value addition and commercial opportunities around food and feed. Embedded in the GCSM is the long-term support and mentoring of next-generation scientists and researchers within national universities and the overall National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS).

 Timothy Dalton, Ph.D.

Director of Research

Dr. Timothy Dalton is the research director for the Global Collaboration on Sorghum and Millet. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, a Master of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University. Dalton is a Department of Agricultural Economics professor at Kansas State University. 

Dr. Dalton’s career focuses on technology impact assessment and research priority setting. From 2013 to 2023, he served as the director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet where he built a multidisciplinary portfolio of research activities. Dalton's research and development experience in sorghum and millet stretches back more than 30 years to a master’s thesis on dryland sorghum and millet farming systems in the peanut basin of Senegal, followed by an award-winning doctoral dissertation on the Ex Ante Economic Impact of Improved Sorghum Varieties on Soil Degradation in Southern Mali in 1996. Dr. Dalton is fluent in French.

Nat Bascom, M.S.

Director of Engagement and Leadership

Nat Bascom serves as the director of engagement and leadership for the Global Collaboration for Sorghum and Millet. He holds a Master of Science degree in agricultural and biological engineering (soil and water) from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in leadership studies from Pan Africa Christian University.

Bascom is a versatile international development manager with over 30 years of experience residing and working in West and East Africa. He is committed to local organizational strengthening, partnership development, co-creation planning and implementation, and the delivery of appropriate technologies to support national development goals. 

Kinzey Cott, M.S.

Fiscal Analyst

Kinzey Cott serves as a Fiscal Analyst at Kansas State University, College of Agriculture. She leads our financial services, accounting and travel support, procurement and compliance and has experience facilitating international partnerships and contracting. Cott holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. Her thesis investigated private grain storage technology considerations and location optimization.