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Niger

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

April 27, 2022

Increasing Market Opportunity for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in West Africa

March 31, 2022

Seed Ball Technology Improves Sahelian Pearl Millet and Sorghum Farming

March 8, 2022

SMIL Celebrates International Women’s Day

March 1, 2022

New Chair of the Board of Directors for the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN) Named

January 10, 2022

Seed Balls – Enhancing the Yield Effect in Pearl Millet and Sorghum and Disseminating the Technology in West Africa

January 8, 2022

Expanding Markets for Sorghum and Millet Farmers in West Africa through Strengthening of Women and Youth Processors and Nutrition-based Promotion of Products

January 7, 2022

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

January 6, 2022

Genetic Enhancement of Pearl Millet for Yield, Biotic and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in West Africa (GENMIL)

January 5, 2022

Improving Sorghum Adaptation in West Africa with a Genomics-Enabled Breeding Network (SAWAGEN)

January 3, 2022

Sorghum Trait Deployment Pipeline for Improved Food and Feed Value

  • 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)