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A Major Cereals Project to Improve Maize, Sorghum and Millet Production in Africa1


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  1. Vol. 65 No. 3, p. 365-373
    Received: Apr 26, 1972

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  1. S. A. Eberhart and
  2. G. F. Sprague2



The objectives of this project, initiated in 1963, were 1) to increase cereal production in Africa through cooperation with and support of research organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda, 2) to stimulate and sponsor cooperative research in all aspects of cereal .production throughout the area, and 3) to provide in-service training at the headquarters stations to individuals sponsored by their governments. This integrated program included plant breeders, entomologists, pathologists, and cereal technologists to develop new high-yielding, disease and insect resistant varieties with increased food values, agronomists to develop a package of recommended cultural practices to exploit the potential of the new varieties, and research-extension liaison officers to help extension personnel to reach the local farmers with the new varieties and recom mended agronomic practices. Encouragement and assistance were given to cooperating agencies and companies for seed production, the development of marketing systems, and the utilization of the excess production. Kenya has been greatly increasing its maize production, and other African countries are moving forward.

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