Sorghum cultivation and improvement in West and Central Africa

Weltzien, E and Rattunde, H F W and van Mourik, T A and Ajeigbe, H A (2018) Sorghum cultivation and improvement in West and Central Africa. In: Achieving sustainable cultivation of sorghum Volume 2: Sorghum utilization around the world. Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science (32). Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited, pp. 1-24. ISBN 978-1786761248

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The diversity of sorghum cultivated in Africa attests to the African origin of this crop. Ten to 25 or more varieties of sorghum may be cultivated as distinct pure stands in a single village in Mali (Siart, 2008) or Burkina Faso (Barro-Kondombo et al., 2010). In Northern Cameroon, varietal mixtures are cultivated, with each mixture containing 12 varieties on average (Barnaud et al., 2006). Farmers have developed strategies for using varietal diversity to minimize risk and maximize productivity in the context of complex and diverse adaptive challenges, strategies developed over several thousand years of cultivating sorghum. The diversity of sorghum types cultivated reflects the wide and contrasting ecosystems in which it is cultivated and the range of ways it is used (Rooney, 2004)...

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Research Program : West & Central Africa
Series Name: Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sorghum, sorghum cultivation, crop improvement, West Africa, Central Africa, seed system, breeding methods, sorghum diversity, striga control techniques, Striga, Sahelian region, soil fertility management
Subjects: Others > Crop Improvement
Others > Plant Breeding
Others > Pest Management
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Plant Disease
Others > West Africa
Others > Central Africa
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 04:46
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 04:46
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