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Pablo, a recently introduced sorghum hybrid.

This project brings together innovative research on sustainable intensification of cereal crops, with a special focus on gender and “generation” (youth) in the production of sorghum and maize. After conducting a thorough synthesis of past research on the intensification of sorghum, we partnered with ICRISAT to implement a baseline census of sorghum varieties grown in 58 villages of the Sudanian Savanna--a high potential production zone for both sorghum and maize. We assessed the economic returns to the first Guinea-race, sorghum hybrids developed in the region with participatory plant breeding. Using data collected from a sample of households in the same villages, we are 1) exploring gender and youth differences in the adoption of fertilizer on sorghum and maize; and 2) examining the adoption and impact of improved sorghum seed on the welfare of smallholder farm households. The team also contributed data and analysis to a critical assessment of the structures of seed and fertilizer value chains, including the subsidy program. All research is conducted with the Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER).

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Soumba, an improved sorghum variety.
Yalali Traore, local farmer’s union, Dioila.

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