Given the outstanding amount of food that these market gardens have produced, and the effect these gardens have had in improving the lives of people in the eight villages taking part in the project, NEF-Mali is entering the new quarter with a strong commitment to continuing this program. There is considerable interest in focusing on encouraging youth and women in the participating villages to become involved.
Farmers used the winter months (July – September) to meet and review the previous season’s results, analyze the overall market garden plan, and work out solutions to challenges they encountered. NEF organized meetings to assess how much water is available and to check on seed production levels as well as to set a production schedule for the upcoming growing season. The NEF team also advised farmers on techniques that will help them continue to increase their market gardening production potential.
NEF has helped farmers in eight villages launch and operate market gardens where they sell a portion of their produce to meet community food needs and meet their own financial needs. Families eat the remaining portion of their produce at home.
The villages in need where farmers are now producing vegetables with NEF support include: Bagui, Korientzé, N'Gorodia (rural town of Korombana), Dari, Deri (rural town of N'Diaptodji), Mounouwel, Kikara (rural town of Gandamia), and Gafity (rural town of Debere).
THANK YOU for supporting families in Mali as they recover from drought and occupation! YOU are improving their lives today and helping them build food security for the future!
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