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Research Teams

SMIL facilitates a global research consortium identified through a competitive grant process. We support the best primary investigators and teams to achieve our programmatic goals and development objectives.

Our global teams are led by principal investigators working in close cooperation with in-country research teams, private sector actors, farmers, farmer cooperatives, end users, and students to enhance research for development along the sorghum and millet value chains.

Principal Investigators

Dr. Malick Ba

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Dr. Edward Buckler

Cornell University

Adjunct Professor
School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
Reseach Geneticist for USDA Agricultural Research Service
Phone: 607-255-1809

Dr. Ndjido Kane

Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA)

Centre d’Etudes Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS)
Thiès, Sénégal
Phone: +221 339514993

Dr. Gael Pressoir

Université Quisqueya

Dean for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Principal Scientist of Central American and Caribbean Crop Improvement Alliance (CACCIA)
Director of CHIBAS Foundation (Haitian Center for Innovation in Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Phone: +509 3702 4904

Dr. Mitch Tuinstra

Purdue University

Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics
Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research
Scientific Director for the Institute of Plant Sciences
Phone: 765-494-9093


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