ICT / Knowledge management, Market Access and Value Chains, Natural resource management, Soil and nutrient management, Water management
Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Sorghum
Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems
West and Central Africa, Mali
We have talented farmers!
Sorghum, Millet, USAID, Microdosing, Technology, West Africa, Mali, Mechanical seed drill, Farmer Field Schools, Africa RISING, ARDTSMS, Low level of mechanization, Adoption of the new technologies, Marketing opportunities, Feed the Future, Farmer Field School
West & Central Africa program
ICRISAT Happenings 1861-4, 03 July 2020
Farmer Field Schools like the one Koné attended are part of Africa RISING’s large-scale Diffusion of Technologies for Sorghum and Millet Production Systems (ARDT_SMS) activity. From 2014 to 2019, seed multipliers under USAID Feed the Future ARDTM_SMS supervision have produced more than 403 tons of certified seeds. The Farmer Field Schools approach was used for dissemination of improved millet and sorghum varieties. Many farmers were able to increase their farm yield (51% for Sorghum and 72% for pearl millet), household food and nutritional intake, and income. In total, 261,197 farmers were trained and about 242,348 farmers have applied improved technologies, including fertilizer micro dosing technologies.