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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

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

January 12, 2021

Development of Dual-purpose Pearl Millet Varieties for the Benefit of Farmers and Agro-pastoralists in the Sahelian and Sudanian Zones of West Africa

January 12, 2021

Assessment of Pearl Millet Production Problems in West Africa and Molecular Diversity Analysis of Pearl Millet Parental Lines

January 11, 2021

Development of biotic stress-resistant sorghum cultivars for Niger and Senegal

January 10, 2021

Biological Control of the Millet Head Miner in Niger and Senegal

  • 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)