An Economic Assessment of Sorghum Improvement in Mali, Impact Assessment Report No. 2 uri icon

abstract

  • Since the Sahelian droughts of the 1970s and 1980s, raising sorghum productivity through developmentof higher-yielding varieties has been a policy priority for the Government of Mali, in partnership withICRISAT. ICRISAT?s involvement in sorghum improvement in the Sahel dates to 1975. Sorghum is one of thetwo main dryland cereals (the other is pearl millet) produced in Mali, and is both a food staple and readysource of cash for majority of the country?s predominantly rural population. This report consists of two analytical components, (a) a census of sorghum variety and hybrid seed use in 58 villages in the Cercles of Dioila, Kati, and Koutiala, where new sorghum materials have been tested in farmers? fields; and (b) an assessment of the economic impact of major varieties of improved sorghum released since the study by Yapi et al. (2000), including recently released sorghum hybrids, based on an economic surplus model. The report also presents an ex post assessment of returns to research investment

publication date

  • 2016