Strengthening Sorghum and Pearl Millet Research in Mali uri icon


  • The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-AridTropics (ICRISAT) began a cooperative research program in1976 with the principal Malian government agency responsiblefor agricultural research, the Institut d?economie rurale (IER).The program aimed to establish a strong national infrastructurefor long-term research on sorghum and pearl millet and theircropping systems, including both long- and short-term training.The program was established with a 1-year grant from the FordFoundation, after which funding was assumed by the UnitedStates Agency for International Development (USAID).This report summarizes the activities and achievements ofthe ICRISAT-Mali program over its 12-year life. Agricultureand agricultural research in Mali are discussed, including therole of agriculture in the Malian economy, resources, constraintsto agricultural development, agricultural research institutions,and the context in which the ICRISAT-Mali programwas established. The program to strengthen the national agriculturalresearch system is described, including the developmentof the Cinzana research station and the food technologylaboratory at Sotuba, five different types of training, and technicalassistance. Breeding and crop improvement work for sorghumand pearl millet are summarized, as is the agronomy andcropping systems research. Accomplishments are summarizedand discussed, and recommendations offered to continue themomentum of this highly praised cooperative program. Sevenannexes list trainees, consultants, references, and acronyms

publication date

  • 1991