Creating opportunities for poor farmers: Intensification of Sorghum and Millet Systems using local biodiversity and market opportunities in Semi-Arid West Africa.
This 3 year project, 2006-2009, has been initiated by ICRISAT, and implemented in sahelian and soudano-sahelian zones of 4 West-African countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger et Nigeria. Its realization involves researchers from ICRISAT, CIRAD, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from five national agricultural research institutes: IER, INERA, INRAN, IAR and LCRI. Four national loan projects funded by IFAD are associated: PDRD and PICOFA in Burkina Faso,PPILDA in Niger and CBARDP in Nigeria and one farmer association in Mali, the UACT. Deliberately based on a participatory processes at every level of implementation, this project has 4 main components targeting the pearl millet and sorghum based cropping systems:
2.Enhancing the local seed system
3.Enhancing the system
4.Identify and test marketing options
Click on link below for documents written by the project’s participants from Research and Development Organizations. They demonstrate the most important activities and results such as: access to genetic resources, participative improvement of varieties, growing techniques with regard to farmers’ preferences and limits, production and availability of seeds, organization of community markets, relations between scientists and development agents.