WELCOME TO STRIGA SOLUTIONS
We’re protecting the food security and livelihoods of millions by combating the spread of Striga in sub-Saharan Africa.
Fighting Witchweed Infestation
Striga (Striga hermonthica) is an obligate root parasitic weed that poses a major threat to global food security and pearl millet production in sub-Saharan Africa. Pearl millet is a staple food for African smallholder farmers, ranked 6th as the world’s most important cereal crop. Currently, uncontrolled Striga infestation is causing significant losses in cereal production, affecting crop yields of cereals equating to at least $7 billion each year.
Enhancing Pearl Millet Production
Striga Solutions aims to significantly enhance pearl millet production for smallholder farmers, while supporting rural agriculture and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. To meet this goal, we’ve developed efficient hormone-based methods that hold promise for a significant reduction of Striga seedbank and are working on identifying genetic targets for breeding and generating Striga-resistant pearl millet varieties.
We use a multidisciplinary approach to help mitigate and fight Striga.
WHO WE ARE
About Striga Solutions
Striga Solutions is comprised of a team of experts working together from around the world to ensure food security for all.
Striga Solutions is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).