Africa RISING program: Large-scale diffusion of technologies for sorghum and millet systems in Mali (DT_SMS)
Duration: 01/Jan/2014 - 31/Dec/2017
Locations: West and Central Africa / Mali
Project contact: Dr Moses Osiru (M.Osiru@cgiar.org)
Donor: Government department -national- state or local,United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-USA
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals
The goals of this DT-SMS add-on project are to increase the incomes of sorghum and pearl millet producers in targeted Feed the Future intervention areas by raising the productivity and profitability of these principal cereals. The project will focus on diffusion of technologies of proven efficacy for enhancing sorghum and pearl millet production systems under the realities of Malian farmers' conditions (environmental, economic and social). It will complement and create synergies through linkages with other projects that focus on sorghum and millet grain marketing and value chains [e.g. CVC project of ACDI/VOCA; the strengthening sorghum and pearl millet seed producers organizations (FarmSEM), and the enhancement of farmer-learning and experimentation on systems levels (e.g. Africa Rising)]. This unique collaboration will benefit smallholder farmers, (male and female) by giving them new technologies and knowledge to empower them within their existing organizations and markets to enrich and expand their existing resources. The project will build on existing institutional capacities, bringing together different partners to pursue technology diffusion through multiple, contrasting approaches to meet the needs and opportunities of men and women farmers who rely on production of sorghum, pearl millet, and associated crops for their livelihoods.