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Overview of key events

  • 1 September 2011: MAFAP project officially launched.

  • October 2011: Capacity-building workshop held in Bamako with the MAFAP team of the Rural Economics Institute (IER). Download training materials

  • July 2012: First country report finalized Download file

  • November 2012: Joint Mali-Burkina Faso technical workshop held in Ouagadougou to compare results from the two countries.

  • April 2013: Technical workshop held to present MAFAP results to other UEMOA countries.
  • October 2013: Partnership between FAO and the Rural Economics Institute (IER) reaffirmed.
  • January 2014: Key findings of MAFAP analysis presented by national team to members of the Donor Platform for Agriculture in Mali.
  • November 2013 - April 2014: The Mali team is updating MAFAP indicators on price incentives to production and on public expenditure allocated to agriculture and rural development for the period 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Policy Analysis Partners

Policy Dialogue Partners

Commodities Analysed

  • The Rural Economics Institute (IER) is MAFAP’s technical partner in Mali. It is the country’s leading research institute for Agricultural policies and is linked to the Ministry of Agriculture. [website]

  • The Planning and Statistics Unit of Rural Development Sector (CPS-SDR) is MAFAP’s partner for disseminating results within the Ministry of Agriculture. It is also in charge of planning and monitoring agricultural policies in Mali. [website]


  • Maize
  • Rice
  • Meat
  • Cotton
  • Milk
  • Sorghum/Millet
  • Peanut

Key Findings

  • The policy environment in Mali does not provide adequate incentives to producers and traders. Structural inefficiencies include poor infrastructure, especially roads and markets, as well as illicit taxes and a lack of market information. All these lead to lower prices along the value chain for all commodities except cotton. Indeed, cotton producers receive relatively high prices, due to heavy policy support.

  • The bulk of public expenditure to support food and agriculture goes to agriculture rather than to rural development. Although public expenditure on agriculture is rising, it is still slightly below the Maputo target of ten percent.

  • Current policies do not provide adequate incentives to producers, traders and processors of all commodities except for cotton. This is especially true for producers of food security products.

Key Resources

  •  Eight technical notes on price incentives to production in Mali for millet, sorghum, maize, cotton, rice, cattle, groundnuts and milk.

  • In-depth analysis of public expenditure to support agriculture and rural development in Mali.

  • A comprehensive country report.

  • A database with all indicators and supporting information.

  • Information about capacity development in analyzing market incentives and disincentives, as well as public expenditure.

  Find out more  Read full country report

Mali Policy Briefs