Mali

  • Sesame: sesame processor and exporter PROSEMA is being supported to improve its management and to secure its sourcing of raw material within a wide network of smallholder farmers for export to Europe and Asia. The partnership introduced dry-season cultivation under irrigation, in parts of Office du Niger.
  • Maize: this partnership with SONAF – a trader of yellow maize –  introduced high yielding maize varieties and now focuses on access to credit and the strengthening of  linkages among value chain actors.
  • Vegetables: this partnership with EWIT and local women traders is supporting farmers in the production and sales of onions, shallots and tomatoes.
  • Potato: Mali Yiriden and URCEP – both trader organizations – are being supported to increase the volume of Irish potato sold by retailers in Mali and wholesalers. Specific attention is paid to access to credit, improved potato seeds and other specific inputs.
  • Parboiled rice: producer based organizations Benkadi Yoriwaton and Benkadi Ton are leading this partnership, with the aim to enter the growing rice markets in both urban and rural areas. Open markets in Conakry (Guinea) are targeted specifically .
  • Cassava: this partnership is led by women processor cooperatives and aims to access the local markets of Sikasso, Bamako and Kayes, for both fresh and dried attiéké. The first year of the partnership aimed to improve processing techniques and create linkages between value chain actors, this year the partnership focuses on overcoming marketing constraints to better serve the BoP consumers of Sikasso.

Updates

#HeForShe: 2SCALE and AgriProFocus Celebrate Men Who Empower Women

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic…

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Building Loyalty: Does Trust Require Control?

Written by Youssouf Traore, Partnership Facilitator in Mali (maize, potatoes, cassava). Societé Nama et Fils (SONAF) is one of the largest dry grain marketing companies in the Sikasso region in Mali. Its annual demand for yellow maize has been around 30,000 tons, but until 2014…

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Firms and Farmers: The Long Way to Loyalty

Written by Baba Togola, Cluster Advisoy for 2SCALE in Mali and facilitator of the sesame partnership in Mali.  Amadou Hampâté Bâ, the Malian writer and ethnologist from Bandiagara, once said: “There is my truth and there is your truth, and those will never meet. The truth is in…

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Transforming the Sesame Business in Mali

Farm gate prices of sesame in Mali have increased six-fold in the past seven years, fueled by export demand. Yet, production is not growing quickly enough, and Malian processors and exporters are unable to source sufficient quantities. “Europe and especially China have millions of new…

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Adama’s story

2SCALE believes that young people will shape the future of food security. To engage youth in agriculture, the 2SCALE project equips young farmers with the tools and knowledge to make agriculture a profitable career. Nineteen-year-old Adama Traore is determined to manage his own farm. His story…

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Mali: where is the money?

Africa’s food market –largely dominated by street vendors– could create a trillion-dollar by 2030, resulting from a fast growing population, increasing prosperity and evolution in diet and cultural habits. Including those regions in Africa that are generally labelled as the poorest ones in the world…

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Doing business with women gives better economic benefits

Operating in Ségou (Mali, Office du Niger) and key player in the onion agribusiness cluster supported by 2SCALE in this region, Mahamadou Nantoumé is the representing director of Toguna SA, the largest company within the agricultural inputs industry in Mali. For this young but prudent trader,…

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“We are always thinking of ways for farmers to increase their income”

East West Seed International (EWIT) produces high-yielding, disease-resistant vegetable varieties adapted to African smallholder farming conditions. EWIT joined 2SCALE in 2013 and currently rolls out varieties in Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria, with help of 2SCALE. We asked Jan Arie Nugteren, EWIT advisor for West Africa, how the…

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Sesame in dry season? It’s possible!

Most sesame in Mali is rain-fed. With 2SCALE’s support, PROSEMA (Society for Promotion of Sesame in Mali) is introducing dry-season cultivation under irrigation, in parts of the Office du Niger (ON) region. This will create a new income stream for thousands of smallholder farmers and…

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Sesame in Mali: Ready for Takeoff

Can 2SCALE support help a private company grow? Ask PROSEMA, a private firm in Mali that buys sesame from smallholder farmers, processes it into premium-grade product, and exports to China and Europe. In eight years, PROSEMA has grown from fledgling producer to market leader, buying…

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Onions – big business for small producers

Technology, training, linkages and organizational support from 2SCALE is empowering smallholder farmers in Mali capitalize on the booming market for onions. Price fluctuations are usually bad for business. But in Mali, 2SCALE is helping smallholder farmers turn challenge into opportunity. Onions are a major food…

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