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Pearl millet, Niger. Sara Hendery, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management
Pearl millet, Niger. Photo: Sara Hendery, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management

What is Niger’s primary staple crop – a crop currently under threat by two devastating insects?

Maize
Sorghum
Rice
Millet

Sorghum is also an important crop in Niger, but millet is actually the country’s #1 staple crop. The pearl millet head miner and the pearl millet stem borer can cause up to 85 percent yield loss.

To fight the pearl millet head miner, two Feed the Future Innovation Labs — for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet — worked together to fight the pearl millet head miner. Check out this how-to video highlighting the promising use of natural enemies to fight the devastating pest. 

Explore more posts and resources on IPM at the Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management's activity page on Agrilinks. Thanks for playing Agrilinks Trivia!