2018 West Africa Pearl Millet Convening
September 4-6, 2018
Centre d’Etude Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) - Thiès, Sénégal
Nearly 90 researchers and stakeholders from across the West Africa pearl millet value chain came together at a regional convening on September 4-6, 2018 in Thies, Senegal. Targeted at major actors in pearl millet from Senegal, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, the event was co-hosted by Kansas State University’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, the Centre d’Etude Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), and the USDA’s NCBA CLUSA’s Millet Business Services Project.
The objective of the convening was to provide a forum for the exchange of needs and opportunities by pearl millet stakeholders (including input suppliers, farmers, processors, etc.) with agricultural researchers focused on technological innovation. Over three days, the participants presented current pearl millet value chain activities in several West African nations and discussed technological bottlenecks to improved productivity and profitability of their activities. The groups broke out across subareas and worked together to prioritize the most pressing issues in the West African pearl millet industry. The findings from those breakout groups are being made available publicly and will be used to drive future research in the area.