Cocoa pods, Venezuela. Photo: C.Lanaud ©CIRAD
Arabica coffee, Ethiopia. Photo: ©Jean-Pierre Labouisse
Yams in Benin. Photo: J-L Pham ©IRD
Rice harvest, Guinea. Photo: J-L Pham ©IRD
Maize corn. Photo: ©Brigitte Gouesnard

Actions carried out

WP 1: Complementing current knowledge on major cereal global diversity and evolution in Africa.

  • Task 1: Refining the Sorghum domestication scenario.
  • Task 2: Domestication of O. glaberrima
  • Task 3: History of the evolution of maize after introduction in Africa including germplasm collecting in West Africa

 WP 2: Targeted in situ diversity description

  • Task 1: Analysis of in-situ diversity of wild and cultivated sorghums in two regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Task 2: Collection of rice Oryza glaberrima landraces in West Africa and relevant information
  • Task 3: Collecting durum wheat landraces in Morocco and relevant information on social, human and environmental factors which structure production.
  • Task 4: A pilot study on the impact of factors on the structure of genetic diversity through varietal nomenclature systems and seed exchange; the example of sorghum in Kenya.

WP 3: Underutilized species

  • Task 1. Fonio in Guinea as a test study.
  • Task 2. Collection of preliminary data on underutilized cereals in other project study sites.
  • Task 3. Develop a concept note for a research proposal and organize a planning workshop.

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