Farmers visiting sorghum field. Photo Agathe Diama, ICRISAT

Enhancing awareness on improved sorghum and groundnut technologies in Mali

Farmers from four regions of Mali learnt about groundnut hybridization, sorghum hybrids and multipurpose sweet sorghum, open pollinated varieties of sorghum, varieties resistant to abiotic and biotic stresses with short and medium duration to cope with climate change, hybrid seed production and aflatoxin management during a field day organised by ICRISAT. Farmers visited the exhibition stands and participated in tasting of sweet sorghum syrup and value-added products of groundnut. Their discussions with researchers covered groundnut and sorghum production technologies and…

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New sorghum and finger millet cultivars ready to take off in Malawi

Three early-maturing sorghum cultivars are in the process of getting released in Malawi, while the introduction of three finger millet varieties selected by farmers are expected to resurrect a crop that has ‘disappeared’ in the southern region of the country. The three sorghum varieties earmarked for on-farm testing and release – KARI Mtama 1, R8602 and IESV 23006 DL – are suitable for food and for brewing beer. In the case of finger millet, farmers wanted access to seeds of…

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ICRISAT strengthens partnership with Mali and Niger through a series of collaborative meetings

To strengthen research collaborations and partnerships between ICRISAT and the national agricultural research systems (NARS) in West and Central Africa, a series of collaborative meetings was held in the region and areas of research partnership were discussed and formalized. The first series of meetings was organized on 8 May at the ICRISAT Mali station in Samanko. Senior researchers from ICRISAT and from the Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER), Mali discussed research projects and programs embedded in the CGIAR Research Program framework…

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The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (Dryland Cereals) is a partnership between two members of the CGIAR Consortium – ICRISAT (lead center), and ICARDA, along with a number of public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers globally.
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