New project to improve agricultural production in Mali
The World Food Program and SOCODEVI (under the auspices of AAI, the Alliance agricole internationale) will work together to improve the quality of production, processing, conditioning and commercialization of cowpeas and rice grown by women and men farmers in Mali.
With financial assistance from the World Bank, this new initiative will complement the efforts deployed under the Feere Diyara project conducted by AAI.
This new project will reach the members of five cooperatives already being assisted by SOCODEVI and its AAI partners in the regions of Ségou and Sikasso. “We intend to increase potential revenues for women and men farmers by improving productivity and controlling the quality in the rice and cowpea sectors. At the same time, this will improve nutrition among farm families in addition to enabling them to have better access to inputs and equipment,” stated Guy Lamontagne, program manager at SOCODEVI.
Scheduled to run three years, this pilot program will reach approximately 14,000 men and women farmers.