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The Importance of Senegal

SMIL collaborates closely with the National Agricultural Research System: Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Institut de Technologie Alimentaire (ITA), and the CORAF-sponsored CERAAS. SMIL implements activities through a network of farmer cooperatives, entrepreneurial food processers, universities, and private sector input providers. All projects in Senegal work with counterparts in Niger to maximize learning across nations and generate spillover benefits throughout the region.

Pearl millet and sorghum are key staple crops in rural communities and there is demand for ready-to-eat food products based on these ancient grains. The capital of Senegal, Dakar, is a center of entrepreneurial food processing activities.

SMIL in Senegal

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 28, 2022

SMIL Works to Meet Sorghum Challenges in West Africa with a Genomics-Enabled Breeding Network

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.

May 26, 2022

Pairing U.S. and West African Institutions Leads to Accelerated Breeding Breakthroughs

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

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)

  • Dr. Ndjido Kane
    We can generate technologies, innovation, and knowledge with the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab and share it with other communities who are not directly funded by USAID. So it's a good opportunity for us. For me, as a molecular breeder in pearl millet, the support helped me to push deeper on how we can address our breeding pipeline by using modern tools. How can we accelerate the generation of new crops that correspond with the demand of the value chain stakeholders? It's really a good opportunity for us to have a community working around the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab, but also have the funds to go faster and more precisely to address the demand.
    Dr. Ndjido Kane
    SMIL Country Coordinator - Senegal