A research and network strategy for sustainable sorghum production system for Latin America

Reddy, B V S and Ramaiah, B and Rangel, A F and Ortiz, R (2004) A research and network strategy for sustainable sorghum production system for Latin America. In: A research and network strategy for sustainable sorghum and pearl millet production systems for Latin America. Proceedings of the Workshop, 24-26 November 1998, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia.

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The Latin America and Caribbean Program was initiated in 1976 by ICRISAT by stationing staff at CIMMYT, Mexico. The program aimed to develop early, dwarf and bold grain varieties for fertile soils in both the highlands and lowlands of Central America. The program was transformed as the Latin American Sorghum Improvement Program (LASIP) in 1990 and led by Varthan Guiragosian and Compton Paul, a cereals breeder. LASIP’s work with the NARS in the development and improvement of cropping systems for small farmers in Latin America is well documented in Paul (1993). With coordination of the regional sorghum research network, the Comision Latinamericano Investigadores en Sorgo (CLAIS), LASIP maintained excellent contact with NARS, private companies and institutions, and farmers of the region. As of 1993, the ICRISATLASIP/ CLAIS collaboration led to the training of 62 scientists in In-Service and Visiting Scientists categories at LASIP in Mexico and ICRISAT in India. An additional 77 scientists have received training in short courses. Several varieties were released and adopted based on the ICRISAT-led program, particularly by Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and other countries in the region. These are given in Chapter 7 (Table 7.6) and Chapter 8 (Section 8.4). Due to funding constraints, the program was discontinued in 1993. However, considering the interest in sorghum shown by the Latin American NARS, a program for improving sorghum for acid soil tolerance was initiated in 1996 with funding support from IADB.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Ms Vibha Raju
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2011 12:37
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2011 12:37
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/4325
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