An Economic Assessment of Sorghum Improvement in Mali, Impact Assessment Report No. 2

Smale, M and Kergna, A and Diakité, L (2016) An Economic Assessment of Sorghum Improvement in Mali, Impact Assessment Report No. 2. Technical Report. ICRISAT, Patancheru, Hyderabad.

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This study was commissioned by ICRISAT under the supervision of Dr Kizito Mazvimavi, Head Impact Assessment Office. The authors gratefully acknowledge the the technical support of Eva Weltzien-Rattunde and Fred Rattunde, ICRISAT’s research and field staff (Hermann Some, Mamourou Sidibe, Ibrahim Cissokho, AOPP, ULPC, ACOD, Animateurs, farmer-testers), and the technical support of staff of the Laboratoire d’Analyse Agro-Economique (LAAE) of ECOFIL/ IER (Amidou Assima, Naman Keita, and Moumouni Sidibe), and enumerators in data collection and preparation. The LAAE is funded by Michigan State University through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the project titled - Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agriculture in Africa (GISAIA). The impact assessment study was funded by the CRP Dryland Cereals and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the HOPE Project.


Since the Sahelian droughts of the 1970s and 1980s, raising sorghum productivity through development of higher-yielding varieties has been a policy priority for the Government of Mali, in partnership with ICRISAT. ICRISAT’s involvement in sorghum improvement in the Sahel dates to 1975. Sorghum is one of the two main dryland cereals (the other is pearl millet) produced in Mali, and is both a food staple and ready source of cash for majority of the country’s predominantly rural population. This report consists of two analytical components, (a) a census of sorghum variety and hybrid seed use in 58 villages in the Cercles of Dioila, Kati, and Koutiala, where new sorghum materials have been tested in farmers’ fields; and (b) an assessment of the economic impact of major varieties of improved sorghum released since the study by Yapi et al. (2000), including recently released sorghum hybrids, based on an economic surplus model. The report also presents an ex post assessment of returns to research investment...

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Divisions: Research Program : West & Central Africa
Series Name: Impact Assessment Report No. 2
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sorghum Improvement, Mali, Economic Assessment
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Mali
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 29 May 2017 06:08
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 06:08
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