Use and Adoption of Sorghum Improved Varieties and Hybrids in Mali: Economic Impact

Melinda Smale, Alpha Kergna, Amidou Assima, Naman Keita, Abdramane Traoré, Steve Haggblade, and Bino Témé. 2016. Use and Adoption of Sorghum Improved Varieties and Hybrids in Mali: Economic Impact. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 21. East Lansing: Michigan State University.


KEY CONCLUSIONS

  • Adoption rates for improved varieties of sorghum remain low in Mali.
  • Sorghum hybrids developed largely from local Guinea-race germplasm with participatory methods have the potential to increase adoption.
  • The impact of adopting sorghum hybrids on farm yields is significant, positively affecting household dietary diversity and contributing to a greater share of harvested amounts sold by farmers.
  • Research on sorghum hybrids is a good investment when combined with seed supply at local level.

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