ARDT/SMS

Country: Sikasso Region, Mali
Project details
Services:
Access to finance
Capacity building
Climate-smart agriculture
Enterprise development
Value chain development
Crops:
Cereals
Households reached:
20000

Africa Risings large-scale Diffusion of Technologies for Sorghum and Millet Systems (ARDT-SMS), 2014 - 2017

Donors: USAID via ICRISAT

Goal

EUCORD is co-implementing project activities in the Sikasso Region and contributing to the overall objectives of the project which are to improve the productivity and production of sorghum and pearl millet crops in the targeted intervention areas of Mopti and Sikasso.

What we do

EUCORD is responsible for strengthening the capacity of sorghum and millet producers to use new hybrids, while also facilitating the access to improved services in targeted areas through the distribution of seeds in small packages. EUCORD works to improve the accessibility and availability of agricultural inputs by strengthening the links between farmers and the private sector. We reach out to larger audiences by broadcasting videos featuring good sorghum and millet production practices. EUCORD supports the marketing of seeds and other inputs, which also helps producers in the dissemination of soil fertility management technologies.

Accomplishments

During the 2017/18 season, EUCORD was able to establish 282 demonstrations (sorghum 123, millet 75, cowpea 84). Comparing to the 47 ha in 2016/17, the cultivation was increased by more than 10 percent. Between seed cooperatives and seed companies Agriplus and Dounkafa, three seed production contracts were signed, brokered by EUCORD. Additionally, five institutional partners (OPIB, NGO Kilabo, USAID/CVC and the agricultural bureaus of Yanfoila and Bougouni) signed MOUs with EUCORD.