Goal: to transform subsistence farmers to become market oriented entrepreneurs through the introduction of hybrid sorghum varieties to Malian smallholders and by facilitating the marketing of sorghum to wholesalers and processors.
The project has four main objectives:
1. Introduce hybrid sorghum varieties through on-farm testing and demonstrations to smallholder farmers;
2. Strengthen the technical and organizational capacity of extension agents, producers and rural organizations by a series of training sessions;
3. Strengthen communication and information flow among stakeholders along the sorghum value chain (e.g. producers, processors, traders, equipment suppliers, consumers);
4. Facilitate sorghum marketing to wholesale dealers (for human consumption), poultry farmers, and processors/end-users such as animal feed producers and breweries, in order to add increased value to sorghum.
The project will be implemented in close collaboration with Faso Kaba, a private seed company which is producing sorghum seed since 2006; AOPP Association of Professional Rural Organizations of Mali (Association des Organisations Professionnelles Paysannes du Mali); ULPC (Local Union of Cereal Producers) based in the prefectorate of Dioila; the Cooperative of Oure, and Dalabani seed producers (Bougouni, Sikasso region); Institut d’Economie Rurale du Mali (IER); International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
– Trial plots will be carried out in 30 sites in the Koulikoro, Segou, and Sikasso regions and the urban periphery of Bamako;
– Farmer field days and culinary days will be organized;
– Farmer group leaders will be trained in marketing, commercialization and basic accounting;
– Farmers will be trained to produce hybrid seed in rural areas;
– Seed field days will be organized within the country;
– Advertisements, broadcasts, and flyers will be carried out to inform decision-makers and actors;
– Cooperative managers will be trained in stock management techniques and conditioning of products
– Federations and cooperatives will be involved in cereal commercial fairs
– Exchange visits will be organized among producers, wholesalers and processors
– Adaptability testing and large-scale sorghum hybrid demonstrations conducted;
– Results shared with sorghum value chain stakeholders through fields days and mass media;
– Organizational capacity of farmer groups strengthened to allow them access to and renewal of hybrid sorghum varieties;
– Sorghum marketing process facilitated with wholesalers and major users or processors e.g. poultry feed manufacturers or breweries.
Total project budget: USD 270,503
Funders: Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)