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Mali has a long history of focusing agricultural research and policies on the cereal sector, as cereals are the major staples providing food security. Despite the overall success of Malian cereal research and market reforms, recent production and productivity trends for traditional coarse grains (millet and sorghum) have grown at a much slower pace than rice and maize. This literature review describes how Mali is currently performing in terms of sorghum productivity, how the sector got to where it is today, and issues that need to be addressed to further its development. Sorghum is the focus of the review because of its adaptability to a variety of climates and the role it plays in providing food security to semi-subsistent rural households.

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