Diatta Cyril

I was born at Boutegola small village of farmers located in the south of Senegal (Casamance). I am the fifth child in a family of seven. I remember that one day I asked my mother why Grandfather was not living in the village. She said that he lost all his land rice because of the soil salinityand acidity. In CasamanceRice farming is one of the main activities of Farmers. Actuallysoil salinityand acidity are the greatest problem that affect rice production in this part of our country. The answer to resolving this constraint has always guided my studies till now.  I studied at the university Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar where I obtained my Bachelor s Degree in Natural Science. After thatmy passion for agriculture led me to the National High School of Agriculture (ENSA)University of Thieswhere I got an MSc in Agronomy and Crops Protection. When I graduated from ENSAmy greatest wish was to find solution against soil salinity and acidity in the south of Senegal. Howeverwhen I was accepted at the National Centre for Agronomic Research (CNRA) of Bambeymy topic was to study the diversity of Sorghum collection of ISRA. This study helped me to have an overview of the state of preservation and management of the phytogenetic resources in Africa.  Since 2011I have worked at the Regional Research Centre for Improvement of Crop Resistance to Drought (CERAAS) as a Research Assistant. ThereI worked on Agro-morphological characterization of a Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) for Sorghum Resistance to Grain Mold. My little practice at (CERAAS) has helped me to understand that in Africa we have a lot of challenges to overcome. I thought to myself thatthe best way to take care of Africa s problem was acquire the right training at a good school and WACCI is one of those Schools.  I thank the Directors of CERAAS and WACCI very much for giving me the opportunity to integrate in the WACCI PhD Programme. I am also grateful to the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) for sponsoring my full PhD programme to Work onIdentification of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs) for Sorghum Resistance to Grain Mold at Physiological Maturity. I believe this study will help to develop new varieties resistant for Sorghum grain mold and will contribute to enhance sorghum production in Senegal and in the semi-arid region at large. I hope that with the training we are receiving from WACCI I will be able to contribute significantly to the fight against hunger and poverty in the semi-arid zone of Africa.