Market gardens produced over 33 tons of food.
In recent months, the farmers you have supported were able to produce 33.7 tons of food, with an estimated value of 8,425,000 CFA – that’s nearly $18,000!
Most communities in northern Mali experienced a poor agricultural season and they are still struggling to recover from drought and political unrest. Despite this, NEF’s support in eight villages—made possible by generous donors like you—helped to ensure food security and income for hundreds of families.
NEF provided support to over 400 people – nearly 80% of them women – to develop and improve production through market gardens. Farmers produced crops including shallot, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplants, peppers, carrots, and beets.
For vulnerable families in the region, the impact of these market gardens has been significant.
One beneficiary from Dari in the rural commune of Diaptodji estimated that her personal revenues from the sales of products have been nearly 150,000 CFA ($350).
“My revenues have allowed me to help our family with daily expenses for food, healthcare, and the education of our children. This has been so important, especially during a bad agricultural season,” she said. “I want to express my deep appreciation and gratitude for the project and what it has done for my family.”
Through its work, NEF seeks to improve the capacity of villagers to meet food needs and increase their income for years to come. NEF continued to work with communities to strengthen their ability to manage investments and improve the governance of farmers’ organizations (groups of women) to provide ongoing support.
In the coming months, NEF will continue to work with market garden farmers in the eight villages of Bagui, Korientzé, N’Gorodia, (rural commune of Korombana) Dari, Deri (rural commune of N’Diaptodji), Mounouwel, Kikara (rural commune of Gandamia), and Gafity (rural commune of Débéré).
Your generous support allows NEF to continue and expand its work with women and communities in need in Mali! Thank you!
Women cultivating shallot in NEF-supported garden.