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Blog article
SustainSahel to focus on good practices to improve rural livelihoods in Western Sahel

The overall goal of the SustainSahel EU funded project is to promote practices that integrate crops, shrubs, and livestock to enhance soil quality and yields, build resilience towards climate change, and contribute to food security and better livelihoods.
Burkina Faso - Mali - Senegal
2021 - Sustain Sahel

Blog article
Afrique de l’Ouest : les paysans se mobilisent pour la biodiversité agricole

Les agriculteurs s’adaptent face à cette évolution mais dans leurs dynamiques, plusieurs aspects rentent encore largement méconnus. Il s’agit notamment  des  espèces qu’ils choisissent,  leurs sources d’approvisionnement en semences, etc.  Depuis quatre ans une équipe de chercheurs du Cirad de Montpellier, en lien avec cinq institutions académiques et quatre organisations paysannes du Niger, du...
Burkina Faso - Mali - Niger - Senegal
2021 - CIRAD

Article
Let the people decide: citizen deliberation on the role of GMOs in Mali’s agriculture

This paper describes and critically reflects on a participatory policy process which resulted in a government decision not to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton in farmers’ fields in Mali (West Africa). In January 2006, 45 Malian farmers gathered in Sikasso to deliberate on GM cotton and the future of farming...
Mali
2021

Blog article
African farmers can feed Africa

This article offers a well-argued and supported study synthesis in response to the issue, Why didn't AGRA's Green Revolution work in Mali? Is it feasible for African farmers to feed the continent? This is a must-read essay for anybody interested in the situation of Mali and the powerful farmers' movement...
Mali
2021

Case study
How can we eliminate child labour in cotton production?

Diversifying livelihoods to increase income could be the answer in Mali
Cotton is one of the most common fabrics in the world, from its origins in ancient India to the modern garments many of us wear today. This durable, versatile and naturally organic fabric is made from the white, fluffy fibres around the seeds of cotton plants.  However, the backstory of cotton...
Mali
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Technical paper
Intégration de la nutrition dans le secteur de la production végétale en utilisant une approche basée sur les systèmes alimentaires

Cette revue de la littérature fait partie d'une série de quatre revues sectorielles. Elles visent à éclairer l'élaboration de notes d'orientation pour l'intégration de la nutrition dans les secteurs de la production végétale, de la pêche et de l'aquaculture, de la foresterie et de l'élevage dans 12 pays d'Afrique subsaharienne....
Burkina Faso - Chad - Côte d'Ivoire - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Mali - Mauritania - Senegal
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Penser la place des femmes rurales des Suds dans la justice climatique

L’article présente un état des lieux des principaux enjeux à l’intersection du genre, de l’agriculture familiale et des changements climatiques. Il analyse ensuite les réponses apportées par l’aide au développement, et propose les priorités en termes de justice climatique pour les femmes rurales du sud.
Mali
2021

Blog article
Of fertilizers and immigration

Chemical or mineral fertilizers have long been touted by agro-industry and by governments as a necessity to feed the growing world population. Sixty years after the start of the Green Revolution, the damage caused to farmland, surface water and groundwater, biodiversity and farmers’ livelihoods has forced policy-makers in India and...
Burkina Faso - Côte d'Ivoire - India - Madagascar - Mali
2021 - Access Agriculture

Video
Proper handling of baobab fruits at harvest

Baobab fruit juice made from the pulp is very healthy, and can be added to porridge and sauces. However, the quality of the pulp can be greatly affected if fruits are not handled well during and after harvest. When baobab pods are damaged and have splits in the shell, moisture...
Mali
2020 - BAOFOOD Project

Video
Creating an enabling environment for responsible investment in agriculture: video interviews with policy-makers and youth

Policy-makers from Guinea, Mali and Mauritania speak about three topics crucial to enhance responsible investment in agriculture: the investment approval process, inclusive and effective consultations, and investment for young agri-entrepreneurs. Likewise, young agri-entrepreneurs from Guinea and Senegal highlight challenges and opportunities to engage youth in responsible agricultural investment. These interviews...
Guinea - Mali - Mauritania - Senegal
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Report
Policy recommendations based on lessons learned from eleven African countries

Measures that empower young agri-entrepreneurs should be a key component of a sustainable development-centred investment promotion strategy. The very realization of future generations’ food security, the sustainable transformation of food systems and the combat against unemployment and distress migration all depend upon the successful implementation of strategies that make the...
Côte d'Ivoire - Guinea - Malawi - Mali - Mauritania - Mozambique - Namibia - Senegal - South Africa - Tunisia - Uganda
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Pay and learn

Extensionists often give information away for free, but selling it may get you a more tuned-in audience. This is the conclusion of researcher Gérard Zoundji and colleagues in a recent paper published in Experimental Agriculture.
Mali
2020 - Access Agriculture

Video
Proper handling of baobab fruits at harvest

Baobab fruit juice made from the pulp is very healthy, and can be added to porridge and sauces. However, the quality of the pulp can be greatly affected if fruits are not handled well during and after harvest. When baobab pods are damaged and have splits in the shell, moisture...
Mali
2020 - Access Agriculture

Report
Farmer-herder conflict in sub-Saharan Africa?

This report responds to heightened concerns over rising levels of farmer-herder conflict across a wide band of semi-arid Africa. We assess the quantitative evidence behind this general impression and review the explanations in the scientific literature, in the light of known issues with long-standing attitudes towards pastoralism and mobile populations....
Chad - Ethiopia - Kenya - Mali - Senegal - Uganda
2020 - International Institute for Environment and Development

Conference proceedings
Pour une prise en compte accrue de l’approche One Health au Mali

Le document présente les Actes d'un séminaire organisé à Bamako en novembre 2018, par AVSF et VSF-International, avec le soutien de l'Agence Française de Développement, pour dynamiser et renforcer les collaborations entre l’ensemble des partenaires impliqués (organisations paysannes, société civile, services publics et techniques déconcentrés, professionnels de la santé animale...
Mali
2019 - AVSF

Fact sheet
Agroecology plus six (AE+6)

More than 12 million small-scale farmers and their families in the risk-prone, dryland areas of the Western Sahel have become chronically vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity. This growing crisis is due to a constellation of factors, including the collapse of soil fertility and climate change. Agroecology Plus Six (AE+6)...
Burkina Faso - Mali - Senegal
2018 - Groundswell International

Technical paper
La transhumance transfrontalière du bétail

Enjeux pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest
La transhumance transfrontalière est trop souvent réduite à une activité génératrice de conflits qu’il est possible de régler très facilement en fermant les frontières. Cette note aux décideurs montre une réalité beaucoup plus complexe. La mobilité pastorale en Afrique de l’Ouest représente un apport économique de plusieurs dizaines de milliards...
Burkina Faso - Mali - Mauritania - Senegal
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
The real seed producers

Small-scale farmers save, use, share and enhance the seed diversity of the crops that feed Africa
This report unpacks and explores farmer-managed seed systems and their contribution to food and seed sovereignty, including the benefits they provide to farming communities as a part of their sociocultural, economic, spiritual and ecological livelihoods. The report highlights, exposes and explores how these systems work. It builds on reports of...
Ethiopia - Mali - Senegal - Uganda - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2018 - AFSA

Policy brief/paper
Profil national genre des secteurs de l'agriculture et du developpement rural au Mali

Ce Profil national genre des secteurs de l’agriculture et du développement rural a été préparé dans le cadre du projet de coopération technique de la FAO et de la Commission de la CEDEAO portant sur : « la Réponse Genre aux Plans Régionaux et Nationaux d’Investissement Agricole pour relever le...
Mali
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
Terre et Paix. Promoting access to productive land by young people as conflict prevention

Terre et Paix is an EU funded project which has been implemented since February 2015 by the Italian NGO COSPE in partnership with the three national farmers’ platforms of Senegal, Mali and Niger, (CNCR, CNOP and PFPN), under the auspices of ROPPA (Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs de...
Mali - Niger - Senegal
2018 - COSPE Onlus
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