A new project, Africa RISING’s (Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation) large-scale diffusion of technologies for sorghum and millet system (ARDT_SMS) – that will focus on diffusion of technologies of proven efficacy for enhancing sorghum and pearl millet production systems has been launched in Mali recently.

The project supported by USAID Feed the Future (FTF) program is being implemented by ICRISAT as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals.

“This project complements and creates synergies with other projects of ICRISAT and partners. Focusing efforts on marketing and value chains, capacity building of producer organizations by providing them with new technologies and knowledge, will help increase the incomes of sorghum and pearl millet producers,” said Dr John Nzungize, Project Manager and Technology Uptake Specialist, ICRISAT.

The technologies available for large-scale diffusion are: improved and hybrid seed varieties of sorghum and millet, integrated soil fertility and Striga management options, biological fighting technologies against millet head miner and intercropping.

The ARDT_SMS project will be conducted under the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals. Both projects are part of the USAID Feed the Future (FTF) program.

ICRISAT through the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals is committed to strengthening its research activities for development in sub-Saharan Africa, through new investments as confirmed during its last board meeting in India in September.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings