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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

April 27, 2022

Increasing Market Opportunity for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in West Africa

March 31, 2022

Seeball Technology Improves Sahelian Pearl Millet and Sorghum Farming

January 10, 2022

Seedballs – 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

January 1, 2022

Agricultural Economics Research on Sorghum and Millet

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

  • 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