Increase food production and security in Mali

by Near East Foundation (NEF)
Vetted
Apr 15, 2013

Over 400 Families Increasing Their Food Security

Families prepare to plant crops
Families prepare to plant crops

With your support, NEF is helping 440 families in Mali increase their food production and their income.

Since our January report, we have distributed 1,775 kilograms of seeds in eight villages in need: 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 Debere).

Their new crops will include shallots, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, cabbages, lettuce, and peppers.  The families will eat a portion of the food they produce and sell the remainder to earn an income.

Our team of experts in Mali provided a variety of support to village farmers during the planting season. This included practical advice on techniques for increasing production, such as the use of organic fertilizer, transplanting seedlings, efficient irrigation, and protecting crops against insects.

With the coming rains, the seedlings will begin to mature into productive plants. Our team will continue to provide ongoing technical support to the farmers through the rain and harvest season. We will evaluate food production in the villages to see which methods were most beneficial in helping farmers increase their production, and which crops grow best in a given area.

Women benefit greatly from vegetable production supported by NEF. The gardening activities provide women with the opportunity to earn an income without leaving their village. There are few other ways for them to earn a living except to travel to cities, such as Mopti or Bamako, where they can work as laborers or in private homes.

THANK YOU for supporting these families in Mali as they recover from drought and occupation!

The crops begin to grow!
The crops begin to grow!
Families take a break from working in the field
Families take a break from working in the field
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Near East Foundation (NEF)

Location: Syracuse, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.neareast.org
Project Leader:
Sarah Peterson
Program Officer
Syracuse, New York United States

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