Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet is a consortium of U.S. universities and research services cooperating with national and international agricultural research organizations on sorghum and pearl millet science and development. It links U.S. universities and research centers that specialize in sorghum and millet science with universities, research centers and nongovernmental organizations in the African nations of Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger.
The Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab will focus on using science and technology to produce innovations such as climate-resilient crop varieties and more profitable market approaches for the farmers in the three target nations.
To do this, U.S. university researchers will collaborate with scientists in the partner countries to address key constraints along the sorghum and pearl millet value chains. This includes enhancing the genetic potential of sorghum and pearl millet, sustainably intensifying production systems in a manner that can be harnessed by smallholder farmers. In addition, public science will be used to increase private sector investment to facilitate market participation by smallholder farmers. Research outputs also will improve resilience in dryland areas, where sorghum and pearl millet are critical to food security.