On 11 June 2018, the contract for the second phase of the project 'Adapting agriculture and livestock to climate change' was signed in Bamako by the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Tiéman Hubert Coulibaly and the Norwegian embassy in Mali, represented by Chargé d’Affaires Synne Emilie Bjørnrå.
The project is implemented by the Institute d’Economie Rural in collaboration with Noragric represented by Jens B. Aune and Gry Synnevåg.
This 5-year project aims to improve food security in northern and central regions of Mali. The second phase of the project will scale up the results from the first phase, with a particular focus on technology development for improving yields and reducing farmers’ drudgery.
Key issues include:
- Mechanised sowing and weeding
- Use of dromedaries (one-humped camels) as an adaption strategy to climate change
- Flood recession farming
- Integrated soil fertility management in dryland cereals
- Income generation for women
- Human nutrition
The national extension system and NGOs will be involved in scaling-up the results. The goal is that by the end of the project, 25 000 households will have benefitted from its work.
Noragric is also involved in a similar project in Niger, in collaboration with CARE and Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger.
Results from Noragric's previous research and development activities in Mali are highlighted in the recent publication by the Dryland Coordination Group '20 Years of Collaboration - perspectives on Food Security and Dvelopment in the Sahel'.