Mali is highly vulnerable to the threat of soil fertility decline and food deficits. A series of development organizations have promoted inappropriate “new green revolution” technologies that depend on external inputs rather than local abilities and resources, and food aid has become a fallback resolution to alleviate food shortages. Women are particularly vulnerable, and face particular challenges in accessing productive resources (land, water, credit) and receiving technical advisory services. Mali is in need of long-term solutions for small-scale farmers to improve their livelihoods, despite the policies and institutions that prohibit it.


Our Partners in Mali

SahelEco formally joined the Groundswell partnership in 2015 after several years of collaboration. We work together in over 20 villages to build on SahelEco’s great successes spreading farmer-led regeneration of trees to restore soils and food production. We partner on a West African regional program supporting farmers in these communities to spread complementary agroecological practices, strengthen women’s roles, and improve nutrition.


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Country Facts:

  • Population 17,086,022
  • 49.3% live on $1.90 or less per day
  • 66.0% of people making their livelihood through agriculture


Director: Pierre Dembele

Mission: To improve the resilience of vulnerable drylands communities in the country.

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