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Video
Composting to beat striga

Compost is more powerful than manure. What is less known is that the micro-organisms in compost attack striga seeds in the soil. Compost also decreases the amount of striga that will sprout, and reduces its negative effect on cereal crops. Let us look at how farmers in northeast Mali make...
Mali
2016 - AccessAgriculture

Event
Regional workshop for Africa: Towards productive, sustainable and inclusive agriculture, forestry and fisheries in support to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In September 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This will shape their development programmes in a transformational way for the next 15 years. At the last FAO Regional Conference for Africa, held in Abidjan in April 2016, many delegates asked the organization to assist countries in their...
Cameroon - Chad - Côte d'Ivoire - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Mali - Mozambique - Rwanda - Zambia
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Newsletter
Dimitra Newsletter: Gender, resilience and climate change

2015 was a landmark year for the future of the planet and therefore for the future of every woman, man, girl and boy, in all four corners of the world. Two important events - the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 and COP21 on development and climate change, led to...
Ethiopia - Ghana - Mali - Niger - Senegal - Uganda
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
Social Protection in the Sahel and West Africa

Strengthening resilience for Food Security and Nutrition
The brief aims at summarizing the efforts of FAO to maximize the impacts of social protection interventions in the Sahel and West Africa by strengthening the linkages with resilience, food security, nutrition and economic growth; ensuring the effective reach of most vulnerable households and making national social protection programmes risk-informed...
Burkina Faso - Ghana - Kenya - Lesotho - Mali - Mauritania - Niger - Zambia
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Perspectives: Strengthening people’s knowledge

For the past half century agricultural innovation has denied a voice to the many groups who work outside the profession of science – farmers, food providers, women and the urban poor. The value of their expertise gained through practical experience must be recognised in the production and validation of knowledge....
India - Mali
2016 - ILEIA - centre for learning on sustainable agriculture

Report
Semences paysannes et droits des agriculteurs dans le système semencier au Mali

La semence, tout comme le sol et l’eau, est un facteur clé de la produc‐ tion. Sa qualité garantit une bonne récolte. Traditionnellement les se‐ mences sont gérées par les agricul‐ teurs. Aujourd’hui d’autres acteurs interviennent et la semence fait l’objet d’intérêts économiques grandis‐ sants. Au Mali sont cultivés plusieurs...
Mali
2016 - L’Institut de recherche et de promotion des alternatives en développement (IRPAD/Afrique)

Fact sheet
Converging challenges, compounding risks - A region under high pressure

In the Sahel, extreme poverty, fastgrowing populations, climate change, recurrent food and nutrition crises, armed conflicts and insecurity are building up to a perfect storm threatening the lives of communities already living on the brink of crisis. The region is one of the world’s climate change hotspots. Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns,...
Burkina Faso - Cameroon - Chad - Mali - Mauritania - Niger - Nigeria
2016 - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Working paper
Understanding the policy landscape for climate change adaptation

A cross-country comparison using the Net-map method
In the context of increasing vulnerability to climate change for people dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods, the International Food Policy Research Institute and partner organizations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, and Bangladesh undertook a project broadly aiming to create knowledge that will help policymakers and development agencies to strengthen...
Bangladesh - Ethiopia - Kenya - Mali
2015 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Video
Not Only Farmers… Food Security through Commercialization of Agriculture

Added value to improve Agriculture and Farmers’ living standards. A journey through the activities of the Food Security through Commercialization of Agriculture Project (FSCA) in the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
Gambia - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Mali - Senegal - Sierra Leone
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
A Sub-regional Strategy for Enhancing the Participation of the Civil Society in Forestry Planning and Policy Making Processing in West Africa

Forest planning and policy making process in West Africa – and elsewhere in Africa for that matter – has largely been dominated by the State, with very little room for a meaningful participation of civil society. This state of affairs led to a management of forests and forest resources which...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Cabo Verde - Côte d'Ivoire - Gambia - Ghana - Guinea-Bissau - Liberia - Mali - Nigeria - Senegal - Sierra Leone - Togo
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
Agricultural growth in West Africa (AGWA)

Market and Policy Drivers
West African Agriculture is at a turning point. The combination of strong demand growth, sustained economic growth, higher global agricultural prices, and an improved policy environment has generated the most conducive conditions for Agricultural growth in over 30 years. West African countries and their Development Partners now clearly recognize the...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Cabo Verde - Gambia - Ghana - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Liberia - Mali - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal - Sierra Leone - Togo
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference paper
Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology

We are delegates representing diverse organizations and international movements of small-scale food producers and consumers, including peasants, indigenous peoples and communities (including hunters and gatherers), family farmers, rural workers, herders and pastoralists, fisherfolk and urban people. Together, the diverse constituencies our organizations represent produce some 70% of the food consumed by humanity. They...
Mali
2015

Blog article
Increased local capacities benefit rural communities in Mali

Improving livelihoods using the learning-by-doing approach of FAO’s farmer field school programmes.
Established in 2001, FAO’s Integrated Production and Pest Management (IPPM) programme is a multi-donor initiative that aims to improve farming skills, and raise smallholder farmers’ awareness of alternatives to toxic chemicals using the farmer field school (FFS) approach. Initially focusing on West Africa, the programme has implemented activities in nine...
Mali
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Baseline environmental requirements help reduce pesticide use in West Africa

FAO introduces new human and environmental standards for locust control operations in West and Northwest Africa.
Many of the pesticides used in desert locust control pose a risk to the environment and to human health, even if they are used judiciously. To minimize the impact of pesticides use on human health and the environment, member countries of the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in...
Algeria - Burkina Faso - Chad - Libya - Mali - Mauritania - Morocco - Niger - Senegal - Tunisia
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Climate Change Adaptation Assets and Group-Based Approaches

Gendered Perceptions from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mali, and Kenya
People who rely on natural resources for their livelihoods are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and are often limited in their capacity to adapt to the changes. Vulnerability to climate change is exacerbated when individuals’ asset base is limited or insecure. Because control over assets is highly...
Bangladesh - Ethiopia - Kenya - Mali
2015 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Book
Diversité des agricultures familiales. Exister, se transformer, devenir.

Cet ouvrage a pour objectif d’expliquer la nature et la force des liens entre la famille et l’exploitation agricole. L’ouvrage est construit autour d’une vingtaine d’études de cas menées dans divers pays de l’Asie, de l’Afrique, de l’Amérique latine et de l’Europe. Les auteurs précisent « ce qui fait famille »,...
Argentina - Benin - Brazil - Burkina Faso - Cameroon - Chad - China - Ecuador - Egypt - India - Indonesia - Madagascar - Mali - Mozambique - Nicaragua - Niger - Nigeria - Poland - Senegal
2015

Video
Mali: Comment enrayer l'exode des jeunes

Au Mali, la plupart des jeunes ruraux quittent leurs villages pour essayer de trouver du travail en ville. Les seuls qui restent sont les personnes âgées et les enfants, qui ont bien du mal à produire suffisamment pour se nourrir. Aujourd'hui, des jeunes comme Diallo Haroun reviennent pour un nouveau...
Mali
2015 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Video
Not only farmers: Food security through commercialization of agriculture

Added value to improve Agriculture and Farmers’ living standards. A journey through the activities of the Food Security through Commercialization of Agriculture Project (FSCA) in the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali Senegal and Sierra Leone
Gambia - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Mali - Senegal - Sierra Leone
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
How Farming Families Benefit from Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

Efforts to enhance smallholder farmers’ involvement in agricultural markets under the World Food Programme (WFP) Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme have led to a variety of nutrition-sensitive activities. In many rural communities where P4P and partners work, these context- and country-specific efforts have begun to increase farming families’ access to nutritious...
Afghanistan - Ethiopia - Guatemala - Honduras - Malawi - Mali - Rwanda - Zambia
2015 - World Food Programme (WFP) Purchase for Progress (P4P)

Video
Youth at work: Reducing rural poverty

The video presents the first achievements of the project “Youth at Work: Reducing rural poverty”, launched by FAO and the Malian Ministry of Agriculture in August 2014. The project is funded by the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) and aims at generating attractive and decent job opportunities for rural youth...
Mali
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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