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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

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

Conference Hosted in Senegal Focused on Addressing Water Accessibility

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 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

  • 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