Strengthening Sorghum and Pearl Millet Research in Mali

Shetty, S V R and Beninati, N F and Beckerman, S R (1991) Strengthening Sorghum and Pearl Millet Research in Mali. Documentation. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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The critical and valuable comments on the draft of this document by P.G. Serafini, J.B. Wills, J.MJ. de Wet, R.W. Gibbons, K. Anand Kumar, S.K. Reddy, D. Atwood, Oumar Niangado, and D. Sogodogo are gratefully acknowledged. Most of the work reported in this document was supported by the generous assistance of the United States Agency for International Development through its project: Mali Semi-Arid Tropics Crops Research (688-0226


The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) began a cooperative research program in 1976 with the principal Malian government agency responsible for agricultural research, the Institut d’economie rurale (IER). The program aimed to establish a strong national infrastructure for long-term research on sorghum and pearl millet and their cropping systems, including both long- and short-term training. The program was established with a 1-year grant from the Ford Foundation, after which funding was assumed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This report summarizes the activities and achievements of the ICRISAT-Mali program over its 12-year life. Agriculture and agricultural research in Mali are discussed, including the role of agriculture in the Malian economy, resources, constraints to agricultural development, agricultural research institutions, and the context in which the ICRISAT-Mali program was established. The program to strengthen the national agricultural research system is described, including the development of the Cinzana research station and the food technology laboratory at Sotuba, five different types of training, and technical assistance. Breeding and crop improvement work for sorghum and pearl millet are summarized, as is the agronomy and cropping systems research. Accomplishments are summarized and discussed, and recommendations offered to continue the momentum of this highly praised cooperative program. Seven annexes list trainees, consultants, references, and acronyms

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 09:49
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