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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet

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Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab

Kansas State University
148 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


Current projects (2019 - 2023)

Researcher in millet fieldThe projects selected for funding by the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab contribute to improving food security, household resilience and private sector growth in the Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger through the enhancement of production and value-added product development. Past projects were initiated in 2014 for the Lab's initial phase of activities, and the program's current projects were launched in 2019.


Advancing Improved Functionality and Protein Quality Sorghum Hybrids for Food Applications in Ethiopia
Principal investigator: Joseph Awika (Texas A&M University)

Genetic Enhancement of Sorghum to Promote Commercial Seed Supply and Grain Market Development
Principal investigator: Gebisa Ejeta (Purdue University)

Genetic Improvement of Sorghum for Resistance to Fungal Pathogens
Principal investigator: Tesfaye Mengiste (Purdue University)

West Africa

Improving Sorghum Adaptation in West Africa with a Genomics-Enabled Breeding Network (SAWAGEN)
Principal investigator: Geoffrey Morris (Kansas State University)

Genetic Enhancement of Pearl Millet for Yield, Biotic and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in West Africa (GENMIL)
Principal investigator: Ndjido Kane (CERAAS)

Sorghum Trait Deployment Pipeline for Improved Food and Feed Value
Principal investigator: Mitchell Tuinstra (Purdue University)

Enabling Marker Assisted Selection for Sorghum Disease Resistance in Senegal and Niger
Principal investigator: Clint Magill (Texas A&M University)

Seedballs - Enhancing the yield effect in pearl millet and sorghum and disseminating the technology in West Africa
Principal investigator: Ludger Herrmann (University of Hohenheim – Germany)

Expanding Markets for Sorghum and Millet Farmers in West Africa through Strengthening of Women and Youth Processors and Nutrition-based Promotion of Products
Principal investigator: Bruce Hamaker (Purdue University)