The Crop Trust’s Dr. Benjamin Kilian meets the CWR’s new sorghum pre-breeding partners at Rongo University in western Kenya. Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Samuel Gudu and pre-breeding project principal investigator, Dr. Evans Ouma, expressed their keen desire to start working on participatory evaluations with farmers on sorghum. Photo: Michael Major/Crop Trust
The Crop Wild Relatives project has recently entered into new agreements for the evaluation of sorghum pre-breeding material in Africa.
The Crop Trust and Rongo University of Kenya have signed an agreement to evaluate pre-breeding sorghum materials with farmers in Western Kenya at the KALRO-Kibos research station. The project aims to diversify sorghum breeding material for drought prone areas in Kenya and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the sorghum breeding efforts in Western Kenya to address climate change and other challenges using farmer participatory approaches.
The Crop Trust will also partner with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Mali to evaluate material at the Cinzana Agricultural Research Station and with farmers affiliated with the UACT (Union of Agricultures of the Tominian Circle).