Cinzana Agriculture Research Station - Mali

The project focused on building capacity for sustainable agriculture among rural communities in Cinzana and Katiena in Mali.

Goals and objectives

  • Widen distribution networks for new millet seed varieties to smallholder farmers.
  • Initiate stakeholder education programs on adoption of new seed and on improved crop management.
  • Build and operate a center of excellence in crop breeding.
  • Address the challenge of producing a sustainable domestic food supply.
  • Develop and disseminate to farmers new millet, sorghum, and cowpea varieties.
  • Evaluate new cropping practices producing conservation of water and soil.
  • Build nutrition education programs.
  • Create and support research information networks.

Key achievements of the research project

  • Built facilities for conservation of local germplasm.
  • Developed new varieties of millet tolerant to downey mildew and earworm, new sorghum tolerant to charcolrot and Striga, and new cowpea varieties resistant to Striga, improving on-farm yields by 30% to 100%.
  • Initiated pilot systems for disseminating improved seeds and agronomic technologies to smallholder farmers.
  • Facilitated North-South technology transfer on seed treatment.
  • Promoted South-South exchange among Sahel millet crop breeders.