Sustaining farmer-managed seed initiatives for sorghum and pearl millet in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso

Published on 24 April 2011

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Start Date: 1 June 2010 | End Date: 31 May 2014


The project seeks to strengthen the dynamics of local social seed networks so as to improve local seed availability and thus increase the adoption of new sorghum and pearl millet varieties for improved food security and income. The regional spread of new varieties will be pursued by building on past seed commercialization efforts.

The specific objectives of this project include:

  1. Improve women (and men) farmers’ access to seed of new sorghum and pearl millet varieties in targeted regions of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali. This project phase will increase women’s involvement in variety evaluation, focusing on traditional and newly formed women’s groups, associations and organizations. Also, women’s engagement in quality seed production and possibly marketing will be initiated. Work on methods and tools for better variety evaluation by farmers and farmer associations, including a reliable assessment of the quantity of food produced per unit area of harvested crop will be pursued. Methods and tools for communicating the results of individual site variety evaluations at an appropriate scale will be developed.
  2. Understand and enhance the effectiveness of different activities for enhancing seed availability and knowledge about the new varieties. Monitoring will focus on the variety adoption process, including yearly changes in variety use, and shall contribute to understand farmers’ (female and male) responses to climate variability and other changes in the external environment.

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