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Emergency livelihood support to drought-affected communities in Mali and coordination capacity in response to the Sahel crisis

Emergency livelihood support to drought-affected communities in Mali and coordination capacity in response to the Sahel crisis

Full title of the project:

Emergency livelihood support to drought-affected communities to improve food security in Mali and coordination capacity in response to the Sahel drought crisis

Target areas:

Koula and Tineni communes

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 400 000
Implementation:
02/01/2012-31/05/2013
Project code:
OSRO/MLI/203/USA
Objective:

To increase access to food and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households in order to reduce the effects of the 2011–12 Sahel crisis.

Key partners:

The Non-governmental Organizations Welthungerhilfe and Groupe de Solidarité pour Sahel.

Beneficiaries reached:

4 000 vulnerable households benefited from market gardening activities, and nine women’s associations and two community health centres benefited from nutrition demonstration sessions and culinary kits.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 6 604 kg of market gardening seeds, 30 000 kg of fertilizer and small equipment, consisting of 2 000 rakes, 2 000 shovels, 670 wheelbarrows, 2 000 dabas, 2 000 hoes and 2 000 buckets.
  • Trained 359 farmers – 60 percent of which were women – on market gardening techniques.
  • Carried out more than 62 nutrition demonstration sessions and provided nine women’s associations and two community health centres with a total of 11 culinary demonstration kits.
Impact:
  • Achieved an overall production of 1 196 988 kg of market gardening produce.
  • Increased household income, enabling beneficiaries to cover family expenses and undertake poultry stock farming and small ruminant production.
  • Enhanced the nutritional intake of beneficiary households.
  • Built beneficiary farmers’ knowledge on market gardening techniques.
  • Increased the supply of fresh vegetables in local markets.
  • Met beneficiary household food needs for two months during the hunger gap.