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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...
2020 - Access Agriculture

Clay incubator: a pro poor initiative to incubate eggs for inclusive guinea fowl farming

This practice describes innovative egg incubation methods for inclusive guinea fowl farming. The clay incubator materials and how to prepare the egg tray are detailed. The procedures to be observed during the operation of the clay incubator and the prerequisites for success are also noted. Information is also given on...
2020 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO TECA

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...
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...
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

Journal article
Gendered aspirations and occupations among rural youth, in agriculture and beyond: A cross-regional perspective

Based on 25 case studies from the global comparative study ‘GENNOVATE: Enabling gender equality in agricultural and environmental innovation’, this paper explores rural young women’s and men’s occupational aspirations and trajectories in India, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Mexico, Nigeria, and the Philippines. We draw upon qualitative data from 50 sex-segregated focus...
India - Malawi - Mali - Mexico - Morocco - Nigeria - Philippines

Agroecology and climate change

As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition calls for urgent action to make agriculture more sustainable, productive and resilient. The impacts of climate change are further increasing uncertainties and vulnerabilities facing farmers and communities. Integrated, cross sectoral approaches like agroecology are...
Argentina - France - Hungary - Mali
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
FAO and Songhai Center in partnership for a rich and prosperous Africa

24 African young producers on six weeks' training in Benin
Twenty-four young producers from Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Kenya and Zambia have followed a special capacity-building program initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. This six-week program should enable participants to be more productive and dynamic in the agricultural entrepreneurship business. It is from the observation...
Benin - Côte d'Ivoire - Kenya - Mali - Zambia
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Ending poverty and hunger by investment in agriculture and rural areas

While there has been an unprecedented achievement in poverty reduction in the last three decades, eradicating extreme poverty and halving poverty by 2030 are still two of our greatest challenges. Today, about 767 million people continue to live in extreme poverty. Roughly, two thirds of the extreme poor live in...
Bangladesh - Chad - Ghana - Guatemala - Malawi - Mali - South Africa - Tajikistan - United Republic of Tanzania - Viet Nam
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Enabling land management, resilient pastoral livelihoods and poverty reduction in Africa

Historically, pastoralists have been marginalized, and policies have been geared towards encouraging, and in some instances forcing, their settlement and sedentarization. Misunderstanding of their livelihoods has also led to abandonment of their customary institutions and practices. However, scientific evidence shows that mobile pastoralism is the most sustainable way of using...
Algeria - Chad - Eritrea - Kenya - Mali - Somalia - Sudan - United Republic of Tanzania
2017 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Adapting irrigation to climate change (AICCA)

Climate change represents a challenge for rural people in West and Central Africa, causing water shortages and droughts in some areas and floods in others. It impacts both the demand and availability of water for agriculture, affecting the proportion of people suffering from insecure access to water. Smallholder farmers are...
Chad - Côte d'Ivoire - Gambia - Liberia - Mali - Mauritania - Niger - Sierra Leone
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Big roles, little powers

The reality of women in agriculture in ECOWAS region
The agricultural sector is one of the main contributors to economic growth and sustainable development in ECOWAS member countries. Women are driving forces for agricultural development, food security and nutrition in the region. They represent an important percentage of the agricultural labour force. They are the frontline nutrition care givers...
Ghana - Mali - Niger - Nigeria - Togo
2017 - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Review of the livestock/meat and dairy value chains and the policies influencing them in West Africa

ECOWAS is an economic, social and political organization pursuing the vision of an integrated West Africa. The population of this vast economic block is about three hundred million. The demand for meat and milk was estimated at 3.84 million tonnes of meat (12.3 kg per capita) and 19.83 million tonnes...
Burkina Faso - Mali - Niger
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The first West African meeting of local and solidarity-based agro-ecological partnerships between producers and consumers held in Kpalimé (Togo)

We are women and men, farmers, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) activists, agronomists, agro-ecologists, agro-ecology trainers, Food Sovereignty activists, Civil Society actors from 7 different countries in West Africa. We come from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Senegal and Togo. Over and above the current extraordinary social and economic...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Mali - Senegal - Togo
2017 - URGENCI

Summary and findings of the first OFF/ROPPA Report

First report of the Regional Observatory of ROPPA (OFF/ROPPA) Family Farms
The first report of the REGIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ROPPA (OFF/ROPPA) FAMILY FARMS deals with four questions that delivers successively (i) a farmer reading of the behavior of the West African family farms during the last two farming seasons; (ii) a status of the proximity support and extension from which these...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Côte d'Ivoire - Gambia - Ghana - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Liberia - Mali - Niger - Senegal - Sierra Leone - Togo
2017 - Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA)

Case study
Dual purpose sorghum and cowpea intercropping in Mali

In Mali, agriculture is the main source of employment. Over 80% of the population is engaged in agriculture that is mostly carried out by small farmers with income of less than US$1 per day. Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) is an important cereal grain used as food and animal fodder...
2017 - Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER)
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