Crop Adaptation and Improvement for Drought-Prone Environments

Crop Adaptation and Improvement for Drought-Prone Environments


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Download Chapter 1 Production and Consumption Trends of Dryland Staples in CORAF Nations (5.7 MB)

Download Chapter 2 Assessment of Farmers’ Groundnut Varietal Trait Preferences and Production Constraints in the Groundnut Basin of Senegal (5.1 MB)

Download Chapter 3 Yield Response of Dryland Cereals to Fertilizer on Smallholder Farms in Mali (4.4 MB)

Download Chapter 4 Counterfeit Herbicides, Productivity and Family Labor Use on Farms in Mali: A Multivalued Treatment Approach (5.0 MB)

Download Chapter 5 Economic Risks and Uncertainties in a Context of Climate Change: Teachings on the Use of Information Systems in the Senegalese Groundnut Basin (4.3 MB)

Download Chapter 6 Consumer Willingness to Pay for Millet-based Food Attributes in Niger (5.4 MB)

Download Chapter 7 UAV Method Based on Multispectral Imaging for Field Phenotyping (6.8 MB)

Download Chapter 8 Agro-physiological Responses of 10 West Africa Sorghum Varieties to Early Water Deficit Assessed by UAV and Ground Phenotyping (4.9 MB)

Download Chapter 9 Toward a Regional Field Phenotyping Network in West Africa (4.8 MB)

Download Chapter 10 High-throughput Root Phenotyping: Opportunities and Challenges for the Adaptation of Arid and Semi-arid Crops to Future Climates (4.9 MB)

Download Chapter 11 Using Root-Soil Interactions in the Rhizosphere as Valuable Traits for Selection Against Drought (4.9 MB)

Download Chapter 12 Designing Dual-purpose Sorghum Ideotypes for High Grain and Biomass Yields Suitable for Various Target Environments in Senegal (4.4 MB)

Download Chapter 13 Biodiversity as a Cornerstone of Agrosystems’ Sustainability in West Africa (4.7 MB)

Download Chapter 14 Management of Cowpea [Vigna unguiculata L. (Walp)] Germplasm Diversity in Senegal: A Crucial Asset for Breeding Programs (5.0 MB)

Download Chapter 15 From Shade to Light: Fonio, an African Orphan Crop, Towards Renewed Challenges (7.4 MB)

Download Chapter 16 Past, Present, and Future of West African Sorghum Improvement: Building a Roadmap for Climate-adaptive, Farmer-adopted Varieties (4.7 MB)

Download Chapter 17 Modern Approaches for Sorghum Breeding in Mali (7.1 MB)

Download Chapter 18 Genetic Improvement of Pearl Millet in Senegal: Past, Present and Future Prospects (4.8 MB)

Download Chapter 19 Breeding for Drought Adaptation and Fresh Seed Dormancy of Groundnut in Senegal: Advances, Challenges, and Prospects (5.7 MB)


This book focuses on three important elements in the development of cereal and legume crops in semi-arid West Africa. The first section illustrates the socioeconomic factors that affect the food system for these crops and contains an overview of crop production and consumption in the region. Then, important inputs that affect system productivity are presented: preferences for new seed varieties, yield response to fertilizer, counterfeit herbicides, climate information, and the way farmers develop expectations about the weather events that shape cropping outcomes. The final chapter of section one is dedicated to understanding urban consumer preferences for processed food products derived from pearl millet.

The second section addresses the state of the art of phenotyping and the modeling of crop adaptation to dryland farming systems. Chapters in section two focus on the regional network for phenotyping, high throughput phenotyping in field situations, root architectures, and crop ideotypes. In addition, empirical evidence is presented on root and soil interactions and the effectiveness of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs to assess sorghum physiology.

Finally, the third section investigates the genetic diversity and improvement of dryland crops. Chapters in this section focus on biodiversity and agricultural system sustainability, orphan crops such as fonio, and the utilization of a regional germplasm collection in the improvement of cowpea, groundnut, pearl millet, and sorghum.


Digital Version ISBN: 978-1-944548-46-9; Paperback Book ISBN: 978-1-944548-47-6

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New Prairie Press


Manhattan, KS


Dr. Khady Nani Dramé, ISRA/CERAAS, Senegal & Dr. Benjamin E. Kohl, Kansas State University, USA


production, consumption, trade, drylands staples, CORAF, Sorghum


Agricultural Science | Agriculture | Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Biodiversity

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