University of Georgia
Jeffrey P. Wilson
The vision for this project ”Breeding Pearl Millet with Improved Performance, Stability and Resistance to Pests” is to improve food security, enhance farm income, and contribute to economic activity in the major pearl millet-producing countries in Africa. Through multinational and multidisciplinary collaborations, research will target production traits required by growers, market-driven traits required by end-users, traits to advance hybrid technology for the development of a private-sector seed industry, and traits to reduce the demand on women’s labor for post-harvest processing.
This project will contribute to profitable market expansion by working with agencies that disseminate technology to producers, assess economics, and facilitate the production-supply chain to deliver quality grain to end-users. New germplasm resulting from this project will promote economic development when coupled with appropriate technology transfer activities of regional, interdisciplinary, and multi-organizational teams. Through collaborative research and activities with other INTSORMIL projects, USDA-ARS, U.S. universities, national agricultural research systems (NARS) and universities in developing countries, ICRISAT, and appropriate NGOs, this project will be a major contributor to the genetic improvement of pearl millet for Africa and the U.S.