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An on-farm study of Striga as constraint to improved sorghum cultivar production in Mali

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
  • Sorghum


Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is the most important food crop in savanna areas of the West and Central Africa (WCA) region, including Mali, where grain yield averaged 0.71 t in 1999 (FAO 2001). Improved caudatum sorghum cultivars have not been widely adopted in Mali (Yapi and Debrah 1998). However, some of these cultivars such as ICSV 1063 and ICSV 1079 were introduced in the Kolokani area (about 130 km north of Bamako) by Catholic missionaries in the late 1980s. They have since spread and are being cultivated under the name “Gadiabani” by many farmers in over 100 villages (SEPD 1995).

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