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Sorghum breeding with Wild Relatives: Evaluating pre-breeding material with farmers in Mali

Grant No
GS18005
Project Description
The development of new sorghum diversity through use of wild and weedy species offers a novel and promising entry point. Useful diversity for adaptation will be developed by employing two, mutually reinforcing, methodologies. A backcross breeding methodology will be used to simultaneously transfer genes from wild and weedy species and maintain acceptable levels of agronomic desirability for farmer ‘s use and adoption. Additionally, joint learning by researchers and farmers through collaborative evaluation of large populations of segregating backcross breeding materials will enable development of materials pertinent for the farmers’ own context and constraints, and lead to capacity building for farmers, farmer organisations and researchers. The key beneficiaries will be the farmers who rely on sorghum for food security and income in the face of climatic and demographic stresses, and who have been mostly by-passed by global sorghum research endeavours.
Institute Name
Institut d’Economie Rurale, Mali (IER)
Institute Country
Mali
List of Countries
  • Mali
Program Name
Crop Wild Relatives
Donor
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Start Date
1st of March 2018
End Date
30th of September 2020
Status
Completed
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