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The Importance of Niger

SMIL collaborates closely with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN) and implements its activities through a network of farmer cooperatives, entrepreneurial food processers, universities, and private sector input providers. All projects in Niger work with counterparts in Senegal to maximize learning across nations and generate spillover benefits throughout the region.

Niger is one center of genetic origin for pearl millet. Pearl millet has adapted to harsh Sahelian climates to become one of the most heat- and drought-resistant cereal crops in the world, serving some of the most vulnerable populations in the Sahelian zone. Many traditional food dishes are based on sorghum and pearl millet as a nutritious, native ancient grain.

SMIL in Niger

March 22, 2023

Collaboration Key in the Success of West African SMIL Annual Meetings

February 20, 2023

Research and Collaboration on Sorghum at Annual Meetings in Ethiopia

January 3, 2023

New Book Paves The Way – Collaborative Effort Between Kansas State University and the West African Center of Excellence for Drought Adaptation Publishes Strategic Research

December 22, 2022

Training Focused on African Women in Agricultural Research Positions

December 22, 2022

Seedball Technology Scaled to 20 Villages in Niger with Dynamic Caravan

October 26, 2022

Focus on Enabling Marker-Assisted Selection for Sorghum Disease Resistance in Senegal and Niger

September 27, 2022

Advancing Improved Functionality and Protein Quality Sorghum Hybrids for Food Applications

August 26, 2022

Improving Food and Feed Value of Sorghum Through Targeted Research and Technology

July 11, 2022

Economists study impact of international agricultural research at U.S. universities

June 21, 2022

The World Finds Itself at the Brink of a Food Crisis Yet Again. We Shouldn’t be Surprised.

  • Dr. Fanna Maïna
    Niger has a serious hunger problem. Farmers are saying even if crops grow, we don't have enough food. The best way for me to help the people of Niger was to learn and focus on biotechnology, and the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab helped me do that.
    Dr. Fanna Maïna
    Researcher at National Institute of Agronomic Research of Niger (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger - INRAN)
  • Dr. Hannatou Moussa Oumaro
    I am excited to work with farmers, and especially subsistence farmers, who look for a solution to solve their most urgent problems like soil fertility. I especially love to help women farmers. I want the technology to be viewed favorably. We started with pearl millet. When that worked, farmers requested sorghum. I love that farmers are asking for other innovations with technology. So I want the technology to continue to search for solutions for soil fertility, and to give my best to the subsistence farmers.
    Dr. Hannatou Moussa Oumaro
    Researcher at National Institute of Agronomic Research of Niger (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger - INRAN)