Mali: Improving smallholder farmers’ incomes and food security through enhancing productivity and market access, 2018 – 2021
Donors: Alliance For Green Revolution (AGRA)
Partners: SOPROSA, AMEDD, AMASSA, IER, Local government SAPROSA, AGRIPLUS, Soprosek and, Sodiaf
To increase income, food security and livelihood among smallholder farmers in the Sikasso region of Mali. The project aims to increase the productivity in the Sikasso region by increasing the capacity building of the farmers and training in post-harvest handling.
What we do
EUCORD is part of a consortium that comprises four NGOs, seven seed companies, three financial institutions as well as local governments. The consortium will ensure farmers are provided with quality inputs of improved seed, fertilizer, good agronomic practices training, post-harvest management training and storage facilities. This project will also provide the farmers with reliable and functional markets. The agribusinesses, chiefly agrodealers and aggregators, will be equipped with the right business management services including financial literacy so as to access finance from the financial institutions that have committed to supporting the consortium. EUCORD will be the focal point for all extension activities.
The goal of this 3-year project, which started in June 2018, is to increase income, food security and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the Sikasso region of Mali The project covers the seven circles of the Sikasso region. During the 2nd year of the project we realized to this date:
- 181 extension agents trained who in turn will train 750 Community Counselors (CCs);
- The CCs will distribute at least 30,000 mini sachets of maize, sorghum and cowpea seed which constitute the Baby Demonstrations;
- 300 demonstrations are being installed.
So far, we have trained 181 agents of which 47 are women; there are a total of 28,493 trained farmers and 792 trained Community Advisers of which 407 are women. By now, a total of 210 Mother Demonstrations and 27,334 Baby Demonstrations have been conducted, of which 2,396 by women.