Mali

 

Business Development Forum on Sesame from Mali: A decisive step towards competitiveness

The 2SCALE-facilitated Sesame Business Development Forum held 16-19 May 2017, a multi-stakeholder diagnosis and planning forum designed by ICRA, brought together the company Promotion du Sesame au Mali (PROSEMA), the networks of sesame collectors, leaders of 120 producer’s organizations currently in the restructuring phase in…

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#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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Feeding the Big Cities: Small Rice Parboilers in the Great Battle of Rice Markets

Because of its affordability, taste, ease and speed of preparation (compared to sorghum and millet), rice has become the preferred cereal of urban consumers in West Africa. It’s expected that urban consumers will account for 70% of the total population of West Africa by 2050, compared…

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2SCALE and CropLife launched the first network of Spray Service Providers in Mali

Safe and responsible use of pesticides has three agreed benefits: better quality agricultural products, better yields and lower environmental impact. Following these three goals, 2SCALE and the CropLife Mali launched the first promotion of specialized Spray Services Providers (SSPs). The pilot project involved a group…

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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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Feeding the Big Cities: A Complex Opportunity for Small Vegetable Producers

Mali has one of the fastest rates of urbanization in Africa (5.08 percent per year), and Bamako, like many West African capitals, has become a huge food market, driven by three constants: Rapidly increasing population growth (from 3 to 15 million since 1960), a growing…

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Empowered Women Drive Economies – Creating a friendly business environment for women

Did you know? In the regions of Gao and Segou in Mali, less than 5 percent of land managers are women, but more than 30 percent of these women are head of households, often widows, responsible for food, healthcare, and school fees for their children….

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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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