Sorghum Productivity in Mali: Past, Present, and Future

July 1, 2015 - Author: Valerie Kelly, Lamissa Diakité, and Bino Teme

IDWP 138. Valerie Kelly, Lamissa Diakité, and Bino Teme. 2015. Sorghum Productivity in Mali: Past, Present, and Future

OBJECTIVES:
Mali has a long history of focusing agricultural research and policies on the cereal sector, as
cereals are the major staples providing food security. Despite the overall success of Malian
cereal research and market reforms, recent production and productivity trends for traditional
coarse grains (millet and sorghum) have grown at a much slower pace than rice and maize.
This literature review describes how Mali is currently performing in terms of sorghum
productivity, how the sector got to where it is today, and issues that need to be addressed to
further its development. Sorghum is the focus of the review because of its adaptability to a
variety of climates and the role it plays in providing food security to semi-subsistent rural
households.

Tags: food security group, idwp, mali


Authors

Valerie A. Kelly

Valerie A. Kelly
kelly@msu.edu

Bino Temé

Bino Temé
temebino@msu.edu

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