Drabo Inoussa

I can say that my birth place has oriented my passion for Agricultural Research. I was born in 1981 at Kassouma village in the Northwestern part of Burkina Faso. Agriculture is the main activity in this region and natural conditions are favorable for agriculture and livestock breeding: Soils are fertile with annual rainfall ranging from 600 to 900 mm.
The region is also important river flowing across it which provides water supply for irrigation. I started my education in Arabic school where education was only about religion. Two laterI left for a classical school. From my primary school days to the end of secondary schoolI was combining studies and field works. So I am familiar with many crops such as Pearl MilletSorghumMaizeRiceCowpeaGroundnuts etc. At the UniversityI chose to study Biology because I wanted to become an Agricultural engineer. After my BSc.I went to the Institute of Rural Development to obtain engineer degree in agriculture. During my study thereworked on wheat (characterization of varieties) for four months and on soil fertility for ten months. Since 2009I have been working at the National Institute for environment and Agricultural Research (INERA) as a young breeder in Pearl Millet. I later applied for an M.Sc. to study Genetic and Plant Breeding at the University of Ouagadougou where I graduated in 2012. I am newly married with a lovely wife and we live in Ouagadougou.  At INERAone of our interests is to improve the productivity of Pearl Millet by breeding hybrids with high yielding potential. In fact local varieties with low yield potential are widely cultivated by farmers in Burkina Faso. This opportunity offered by the WACCI PhD programme in Plant Breeding sponsored by AGRA will in the long run strengthen the plant breeding capacity of INERA and also help develop quality seeds for farmers.  My primary objective is to find the way to develop high yielding Pearl Millet hybrids resistant against the variable sources of Downy mildew which constitutes the principal biotic constrain for the production of this important crop which will reduce the risk of famine in Burkina Faso.