AFRICA

MALI

SUPPORTING PRODUCERS’ ORGANISATIONS FOR A BETTER EXPLOITATION OF PRODUCTIONS IN THE CIRCLES OF BANDIAGARA AND MENAKA

The project GTFS/MLI/030/ITA is implemented in the framework of the Food Security Program of FAO by the Division in charge of supporting the development of policies and programs (TCS), with technical support from the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS), and a trust fund financed by Italy. The overall objective is to contribute to reducing poverty in the most vulnerable communes in Mali, particularly in around hundred villages of eleven communes of the Dogon Plateau. The specific objectives are to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of producers’ organizations (POs), women and other non-state support structures in the management of horticultural sectors;
  • Diversify and secure the production of horticultural sectors in promoting access to resources and means of production;
  • Increase value of horticultural production and incomes of vulnerable groups targeted by the establishment of a central condition, processing, market access, competitiveness and modernization of agriculture.
  • It is also envisaged the creation of a quality and origin label.  Work is currently underway on the Dogon Plateau with the goal of comprehensive characterization of the shallot, in the prospect of initiating a specific quality process that can lead to a geographical indication.

Duration: August 2008 - December 2012

Presentation of characterization works (in French)

Further information concerning the Dogon shallot can be found in the following document: 

"A Geographical indication for  the Dogon shallot as a tool for territorial development: strengths and weaknesses of the process" – Dissertation submitted by Anne Mayer – Montpellier Sup-Agro – 2011


PROMOTING ORIGIN-LINKED QUALITY PRODUCTS IN FOUR AFRICAN COUNTRIES

GUINEA BISSAU


MALI


SENEGAL


SIERRA LEONE


Publication on identified origin-linked products

  • Mali, de la terre à la table, in French
  • Sénégal, de la terre à la table, in French
  • Guinée Bissau, da terra a mesa, in Portuguese
  • Sierra Leone, from earth to table, in English

Promotion of local products to preserve food traditions and biodiversity in four countries: Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone, under the sub-regional project GTFS/RAF/426/ITA, supervised by the Division in charge of supporting the development of policies and programs (TCS), in collaboration with the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS) and the Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division (AGN). A protocol has been established with Slow Food (international association operating for the preservation of wine and food) to carry out the following activities:

  • Identify products with specific quality linked to origin in four countries to implement pilot programs of quality-linked to origin and serve as models (at least one per country) for rural communities and small-scale farmers
  • Improving producers’ organizations in each pilot case, to increase efficiency in production (by improving and defining the specificity of the product) and the institutional network
  • Encourage access to new markets for the pilot products, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Improve knowledge of local national and international consumers regarding culinary traditions and traditional production techniques of the concerned countries

Duration: 2 years, 2011-2012

First progress report

Final report

Inventory of origin-linked products (in Italian)

Field reports (in Italian)

Presidium Protocols:

  • Katta of Tumbuctu and Gao, Mali (in Italian)
  • Cola of Kenema, Sierra Leone
  • Salted millet couscous, Fadiouth isle, Senegal (in French)
  • Palm oil, Guinea Bissau (in Italian)

Contacts and references  


GUINEA

IDENTIFICATION OF ORIGIN-LINKED PRODUCTS IN THE KINDIA REGION

This activity is a component of the project funded by Italy to contribute to reducing poverty in the Kindia region, implemented in the framework of the Food Security Program of FAO. 

The objective of this component is to promote the value of agricultural biodiversity and local food. The products / direct effects are the following:

  • Inventory of origin-linked products 
  • Identification of the products with the highest potential for their qualification (proposal specifications)
  • Participation of farmers at the fair international Slow Food (Salone del Gusto, Terra Madre 2012) to promote products identified and establish contacts for marketing.

Duration: December 2011 - December 2012

Mid term report

Inventory of origin-linked products of Kindia (in French)

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