Africa Risings large-scale diffusion of technologies for sorghum and millet systems (ARDT-SMS), 2014 - 2017
Donor: USAID via ICRISAT
EUCORD will co-implement project activities in the Sikasso Region and contribute 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. These goals can be significantly increased in Mali by 1) enhancing farmers’ knowledge of available productivity enhancing technologies, and 2) enhancing farmers’ access to improved technologies by strengthening linkages and trust between suppliers of key inputs and the producers.
What we do
EUCORD is responsible for the 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 the good sorghum and millet production practices. EUCORD supports the marketing of seeds and other inputs, which also helps producers in the dissemination on soil fertility management technologies.
Activities realized during the 2017/18 season include:
- 282 demonstrations established (sorghum: 123, millet 75, cowpea 84)
- 54 ha cultivated this year against 47 ha in 2016/17
- Three seed production contracts brokered by EUCORD and signed between seed cooperatives and seed companies Agriplus and Dounkafa.
- MOUs signed with five institutional partners including OPIB, NGO Kilabo, USAID/CVC and the agricultural bureaus of Yanfolila and Bougouni