Adoption and Welfare Impacts of Pearl Millet Technologies in Nigeria

Vabi, M B and Abdulqudus, I A and Angarawai, I I and Adogoba, D S and Kamara, A Y and Ajeigbe, H A and Ojiewo, C (2020) Adoption and Welfare Impacts of Pearl Millet Technologies in Nigeria. Documentation. ICRISAT.

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Research Program : East & Southern Africa
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The authors extend their appreciation to Dr Maina Ibn_Mohammed (Pearl Millet Agronomist/Seed Systems Specialist) and Dr. Maryam Dawud (Pearl Millet Breeder), both of the LCRI, Nigeria who provided documents and responded to frequent phone calls from the first author. Mr. Abba Aliyu Kasim of the Federal University of Dutsin-Ma, (Nigeria) helped in developing the map depicting the LGAs from which data was collected. Dr. Hauwa Ladi Yusuf, Head of Department of Food Science and Technology of the Bayero University, Kano (BUK) and Dr. Umar Garba of the Food Science and Technology Department of the BUK, provided useful insights on the nutritional implications of the wide range of foods being consumed by respondents of the survey. Dr. Drabo Inoussa, Pearl Millet breeder of INERA (Burkina Faso), Dr. Gangashetty Prakash, ICRISAT Pearl Millet breeder based in Niamey (Niger) and Dr. Sanogo Moussa Daouda, Pearl Millet breeder of IER (Mali), all provided the documents required to launch the recounting of the full story of Research for Development on Pearl Millet, in and out of Nigeria. Dr. Kapran Issoufou, Dr. Soul-kifouly Middingoyi and Ms. Agathe Diama, all of ICRISAT, all of Mali, read through earlier versions of the report and made very useful comments/inputs which helped in improving the technical quality of the report. Finally, Mr. Andrew Kurga Dooter, English Language Teacher at Prime College, Kano corrected initial versions of this report; he did a tremendous job by ensuring that both word and sentence are well aligned. The authors also recognise the insights and contributions of the respondents and survey facilitators at all levels - village, LGA and State. By probing and meticulously capturing the required data from respondents during interview sessions, the enumerators contributed to a challenging development mission; we thank all of them for accepting to be part of this exercise. Mr. Lawal Bala, provided timely logistical assistance throughout the execution of the survey. Funding for all operations of this survey was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) within the framework of the implementation of two regional projects i) the Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) of Sorghum and Millets in Sub-Saharan Africa and ii) Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA).


Pearl Millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.] is a small‐cereal crop commonly called Millet. It has three generic names corresponding to three different types in the Hausa Language in Nigeria: Gero (early maturing), Maiwa (late maturing and photosensitive), Dauro (transplantable and photo-sensitive). Several dishes are made from millet and its flour across the Sahel region of West and Central Africa (WCA). The stem is primarily used for construction (houses and fences), the fodder and grain pericarp are important feeds for domestic livestock and poultry. Due to its resilience to drought stress, soil salinity/acidity and high temperatures compared to other cereals Pearl Millet survives well in agro-ecological zones where other cereals will not. Therefore, the crop has a noteworthy role in food and nutrition security of the drier regions of WCA.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : West & Central Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pearl Millet, Drought Resistance, Food and Nutrition
Subjects: Others > Drought Tolerance
Mandate crops > Millets > Pearl Millet
Others > Food and Nutrition
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2021 05:14
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 03:49
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