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 - 2019

Donors: USAID via ICRISAT

Goal

In the selected Feed the Future (FTF) communities of the Sikasso Region of Mali, EUCORD is co-implementing projects to enhance both male and female farmers’ knowledge of efficient sorghum and millet production technologies, facilitate access to sorghum and Pearl Millet production technologies, and thereby strengthen sorghum and millet value chains.

What we do

EUCORD is responsible for building the capacity of farmers for the production of millet and sorghum using new varieties/hybrids. Alongside crop production practices, this project also facilitates the strengthening of the demand for improved technologies in target areas. EUCORD also enhances the availability and access to imputs, including pesticides and fertilizers (such as Apron Star) through facilitating linkages with private sector suppliers including SOGEA. EUCORD ensures the participation of women in value chain stakeholder platforms to identify areas of improvement and intervention.

Accomplishments

EUCORD signed a subcontract with ICRISAT for a USAID funded project entitled “Africa Risings large-scale Diffusion of Technologies for Sorghum and Millet Systems” (ARDT/SMS). EUCORD is responsible for project activities in the Sikasso Region and contributes to the overall objective, i.e. to facilitate farmers’ access and knowledge of sorghum and pearl millet production technologies in order to strengthen the related value chains. 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.

The first phase was implemented between May 2014 to October 2015, while the second phase started in November 2015 and ended in April 2017. EUCORD has been granted an additional two-year extension (2017-2019). EUCORD can point to some successes achieved during the 2017/18 season:

  1. EUCORD was able to establish 282 demonstrations (sorghum 123, millet 75, cowpea 84).
  2. Comparing to the 47 ha in 2016/17, the cultivation was increased by more than 10 percent.

EUCORD has just benefited from an extension of one year, from May 2019 to April 2020. During this period the project must install 100 ha for seed production and distribute at least 3,000 mini sachets of sorghum seed.

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